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Amanda Gorman. Famed poet and author Amanda Gorman was inspired to write and perform a poem after watching MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI.


  • Ourselves Highfalutin' Negroes

Amanda Gorman is heralded as the next great figure in American poetry.

In 2017, she made history by being named the first ever U.S. Youth Poet Laureate of America.

Graduating cum laude at Harvard, her writing has won her invitations to the Obama White House and to perform for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, and more.

She’s spoken across the country, from the Library of Congress to Lincoln Center. Additionally, she has written for the New York Times and her children’s book Change Sings is published by Penguin Young Readers. She has three forthcoming publications with Penguin Random House.

In 2021 Amanda Gorman recited her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ at President Biden’s inauguration, building on a tradition of poets — including Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco — who have read for incoming Democratic presidents. Gorman is the youngest of these inaugural poets to offer her verse.

Inaugural poet and author, Amanda Gorman, was inspired to write and perform a poem after watching MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI.