Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist from Los Angeles, California. Gorman’s work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.
Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began writing at only a few years of age. Now 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. In 2017, Amanda Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word – a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions, and states nationally. 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.
When she was in second grade, she performed a monologue in the voice of Chief Osceola of Florida’s Seminole tribe.
Her interest in poetry started when her third grade teacher read “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury to the class.
After watching a speech from Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, she was inspired to become a youth delegate for the United Nations in 2013.
In 2014, she was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.
In the same year, she founded One Pen One Page, a non-profit organization that encourages youth advocacy, leadership development and poetry workshops.
In 2015, Urban Word LA published her book “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough.”
She was 19 years old when she became the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate of the U.S. in April 2017.
On September 13, 2017, she recited her poem “In This Place (An American Lyric)” in Washington, D.C., USA.
She went to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA where she studied sociology.
Amanda Gorman Age Height, Weight
Amanda Gorman’s age is 22 years. She is about 5 feet 4 inches in height and 42 kg in weight. Her hair color is brown and her eyes color is also brown.