Award-winning Black female writer Amanda Gorman is set to become the youngest inaugural poet when she recites her work at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
In 2014 Gorman became the the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and three years later was named the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate. Democratic presidents often have celebrated poets read an original piece at Presidential Inaugurations
The AP says, Gorman was contacted late last month by the Biden inaugural committee after being recommended by incoming first lady Jill Biden.
Gorman’s poem, The Hill We Climb, will follow in the line of noteworthy works by celebrated poets like Robert Frost who wrote an original poem for JFK‘s inauguration. Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning, written for the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton, went on to sell more than 1 million copies when later published.
Gorman has not previewed any text, but she told the AP she was encouraged by the inaugural committee to emphasize messages of unity and hope without
Gorman’s website says that the Harvard University graduate was previously invited to the Obama White House and has been asked to perform for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Malala Yousafzai.
Gorman has also performed spoken events at the Library of Congress, as well as Lincoln Center.
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez has also been asked to perform on the West Front of the Capitol.