Celebrities Cannot Get Over Amanda Gorman's Inaugural Poem And Neither Can We

Olivia Blair
·4-min read
Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alex Wong - Getty Images


Of the many highlights from the 2021 presidential inauguration, a clear frontrunner was 23-year-old Amanda Gorman, who was chosen by President Joe Biden to recite the inaugural poem.

Gorman stunned the politicians among her and the millions watching at home with the poem she wrote to mark the occasion, 'The Hill We Climb' (which you can read in full, here).

But what do we know about the young poet, Amanda Gorman?

Gorman was born and raised in Los Angeles, she has two sisters (one of whom is her twin) and they were raised by her mother, who accompanied her to the inauguration on January 20.

She grew up loving poetry, which she also credits as to helping her overcome a speech impediment.

Gorman enrolled at Harvard University where she studied sociology. It was around this time that she was named as the first Youth Poet Laureate.

A year later she wrote a poem for this very outlet to mark our 2018 sustainability issue.

Amanda Gorman became the first ever Youth Poet Laureate in 2017

In 2017, Gorman became the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate when she was 19 years old. Gorman is also the founder of One Pen, One Page - which promotes youth literacy through creative writing in LA (she is also the recipient of an outstanding community service award from her hometown).

Photo credit: JONATHAN ERNST - Getty Images
Photo credit: JONATHAN ERNST - Getty Images

Amanda Gorman is now a bestselling author

Following the recital of 'The Hill We Climb', which might we add Gorman delivered in head-to-toe Prada, Gorman's books hit the top spot on Amazon and made her a best-selling author.

Amanda Gorman's Celebrity Fans

Following the inauguration, Twitter and Instagram were inundated with adoring messages over Gorman's recital, and not just from us 'regular folk' either.

Celebrities conveyed their pride, astonishment and how inspired they felt after watching the ceremony. Some were already fans of Gorman, like Oprah Winfrey - who gifted Gorman with a ring featuring a caged bird ahead of the inauguration, in a nod to previous inaugural poet Maya Angelous.

Here's everyone else who took to their huge platforms to share their congratulations to Amanda Gorman:

Barack Obama

Michelle Obama

Hillary Clinton

Oprah Winfrey

Kerry Washington

Reese Witherspoon

Stacey Abrams

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Elizabeth Banks

Busy Phillips

Jimmy Kimmel

Malala Yousafzai

Nikita Gill

Leslie Jones

Bette Midler

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