2023 Women's History Month: Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories
Amanda Gorman wrote her first poem when she was five. She has not looked back since. The Los Angeles, California, resident was just 16 when she became the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. She was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States three years later.
In 2021, Gorman was selected to read an original poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration. At 22 years old, she was the youngest inaugural poet in US history. Gorman did not disappoint. Her poem, "The Hill We Climb," highlighted the importance of unity and resilience in difficult times.
The now 25-year-old continues to use her poems to bring attention to important social issues. Her uplifting topics provide hope and encouragement to millions of people worldwide.