Amanda S. C. Gorman is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles. She was born in the year 1998 in Los Angeles.
Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.
Below is a biography of Amanda.
Amanda Gorman Age
She was born in the year 1998. She is 23 years old as of the year 2021.
Amanda Gorman Hometown
She hails from Los Angeles in California USA.
Amanda Gorman Early Life and Education
She was raised by her mother, Joan Wicks, a teacher, with her two siblings. She has a twin sister, Gabrielle, who is an activist and filmmaker.
Gorman has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound.
She attended New Roads, a private school in Santa Monica, for grades K–12. As a senior, She received a Milken Family Foundation college scholarship.
She studied sociology at Harvard College, and graduated cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa
Amanda Gorman Career
Gorman fell in love with poetry after hearing her teacher read Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” to the class. She then turned to writing to cope with her speech impediment.
When she was 14, She joined WriteGirl, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls, attending their monthly creative writing workshops and working one-on-one with writing mentors.
Her art and activism focus on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.
She was inspired to become a youth delegate for the United Nations in 2013 after watching a speech by Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.
Her words have won her invitations to the Obama White House and to perform for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, and others.
Amanda has performed multiple commissioned poems for CBS This Morning and she has spoken at events and venues across the country, including the Library of Congress and Lincoln Center.
She has received a Genius Grant from OZY Media, as well as recognition from Scholastic Inc., YoungArts, the Glamour magazine College Women of the Year Awards, and the Webby Awards.
She has written for the New York Times newsletter The Edit and penned the manifesto for Nike’s 2020 Black History Month campaign.
She is the recipient of the Poets & Writers Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and is the youngest board member of 826 National, the largest youth writing network in the United States.
Gorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021, and is the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration in United States history. Jill Biden recommended Gorman for the inauguration.
Amanda Gorman Books
She has a poetry collection titled The Hill We Climb and a project for youth titled Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, were at the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. Both books are scheduled to be released in September 2021.
Amanda Gorman Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
She goes by the handle @amandascgorman on Instagram, @TheAmandaGorman on Twitter and Amanda Gorman on Facebook.
Check out her poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris below.