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American poet Born: March 7, 1998 (age 23 years), Los Angeles, California, United States Parents: Joan Wicks Alma mater: Harvard University Agent: IMG Models (fashion & beauty); Writers House (literary); Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown and Passman (legal) Gorman is a Black Catholic, a member of St. Brigid Catholic Church, a Black Catholic parish in her hometown of Los Angeles. The day after Biden’s inauguration, she appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden and said that Corden was her “favorite human being ever created.” Michael Cirelli, executive director of Urban Word NYC, called her a “powerhouse” and has joked that her “bio goes out of date every two weeks.” In 2014 it was reported that Gorman “aspires to be a human rights advocate.” She has expressed support for the landmark case Roe v. Wade.
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Amanda Gorman is an African-American woman from Los Angeles, California, United States. She is a poet and an activist. Among the issues Gorman focuses on are oppression, marginalization, feminism, racism, police brutality, incarceration of migrant children, abortion bans in the U.S. and the African diaspora. She and her twin sister Gabrielle Gorman have one more sibling. They were raised in West Los Angeles, California by their single mother Joan Woods, a sixth grade English teacher in Watts, Los Angeles. She and Gabrielle grew up with a childhood speech impediment. She had difficulty saying certain letters of the alphabet, especially the letter R, so instead of saying, “Girls can change the world,” she would say, “Young women can shape the globe.” She went to New Roads School, a K-12 private school in Santa Monica, California. 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)” at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., USA. That was where 46th U.S. president Joe Biden‘s wife Dr. Jill Biden discovered her. Since then, Jill has been a fan of her work. She went to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA where she studied sociology. Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison and Ron Chernow are among her favorite authors. Toni Morrison and Yusef Komunyakaa are among her artistic influences. She wrote the poem “The Hill We Climb” while watching news about how 45th U.S. president Donald Trump‘s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. She recited the poem during the inauguration of the 46th U.S. president in the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, making her the youngest poet to write and recite a piece at a U.S. presidential inauguration. During the event, she wore a pair of earrings and a ring she received as gifts from Oprah Winfrey. She will release two children’s books. The first one titled “Change Sings” features Loren Long‘s illustrations and will be out in September 2021. Inspired by 49th U.S. vice president Kamala Harris, she is the first person to announce her intention to run for U.S. president in 2036. She signed with IMG Models, the international modeling agency announced on Twitter on January 26, 2021. Born in Los Angeles, California,Gorman was raised by her single mother, Joan Wicks, a 6th-grade English teacher in Watts, with her two siblings. Her twin sister, Gabrielle, is an activist and filmmaker. Gorman has said she grew up in an environment with limited television access. She has described her young self as a “weird child” who enjoyed reading and writing and was encouraged by her mother. Gorman has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound. She also had a speech impediment during childhood. Gorman participated in speech therapy during her childhood and Elida Kocharian of The Harvard Crimson wrote in 2018, “Gorman doesn’t view her speech impediment as a crutch—rather, she sees it as a gift and a strength.” Gorman told The Harvard Gazette in 2018, “I always saw it as a strength because since I was experiencing these obstacles in terms of my auditory and vocal skills, I became really good at reading and writing. I realized that at a young age when I was reciting the Marianne Deborah Williamson quote that ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure’ to my mom.” In 2021, Gorman told CBS This Morning co-host Anthony Mason that she used songs as a form of speech therapy, and explained, “My favorite thing to practice was the song ‘Aaron Burr, Sir,’ from Hamilton because it is jam-packed with R’s. And I said, ‘if I can keep up with Leslie in this track, then I am on my way to being able to say this R in a poem.” Gorman 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, graduating cum laude in 2020 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2019, Gorman spent a semester studying in Madrid, Spain, supported by IES Abroad.