Wise Words. Amanda Gorman, poet.
Hear me as a woman Have me as your sister On purpled battlefield breaking day, So I might say our victory is just beginning, See me as change, Say I am movement, That I am the year And I am the era Of the women.
Amanda Gorman from Won’t You Be My Sister, 2018
Amanda S. C. Gorman (born 1998) is an American poet and activist. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Gorman was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015.
Poetry and activism
Gorman's art and activism focus on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora.
Gorman said 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. Gorman was chosen as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles in 2014. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015.
In 2016, Gorman founded the nonprofit organization One Pen One Page, a youth writing and leadership program. In 2017, she became the first author to be featured on XQ Institute's Book of the Month, a monthly giveaway to share inspiring Gen Z's favorite books. She wrote a tribute for black athletes for Nike and has a book deal with Viking Children's Books to write two children's picture books.
In 2017, Gorman became the first youth poet to open the literary season for the Library of Congress, and she has read her poetry on MTV. She wrote "In This Place: An American Lyric" for her September 2017 performance at the Library of Congress, which commemorated the inauguration of Tracy K. Smith as Poet Laureate of the United States. The Morgan Library and Museum acquired her poem "In This Place (An American Lyric)" and displayed it in 2018 near works by Elizabeth Bishop.
While at Harvard, Gorman became the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate in April 2017. She was chosen from five finalists. In 2017, Gorman won a $10,000 grant from media company OZY as part of the OZY Genius Awards.
In 2017, Gorman said she wants to run for president in 2036, and she has subsequently often repeated this hope. After she read her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration in 2021, Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for this 2036 aspiration.
In 2020, Gorman presented "Earthrise", a poem focused on the climate crisis
Amanda’s powerful poem for the Climate Reality Project left us absolutely breathless.
In her signature style, she encourages all of us to action by speaking to the best within us, and reminding us of both what is at stake – but also of what is most valuable and sacred.
The Hill We Climb: Poems. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2021.
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2021.
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2021.
Pic by Amanda Gorman
Source : LaTaco and Wikipedia.
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