My name is Amanda Gorman. I was born on March 7th 1998, and I am 22. I grew up in West Los Angeles California with my single mother and twin sister Gabrielle. My mom is a sixth grade math and English teacher in Watts, California.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I always considered myself a “weird child” because I like reading and writing and not watching TV. We didn’t watch a lot of TV in my house. I went to New Roads for grades K through 12. It is a private school in Santa Monica, California. I went to Harvard University and graduated in 2020. I have always been interested in social justice, which are rights for different types of people.
What was your childhood like?
I had a speech impediment with my “r.” I had a really hard time saying the /r/ sound so I remember practicing my “r’s” by singing The Hamilton song, "Aaron Burr" because it has a lot of “r’s” in it.
Tell a memory you have about your life.
How have you spent the later years of your life?
I just graduated from college so I don't have a lot of experience in the world yet, but a lot of great things have happened to me so far. I became the first National Youth poet laureate in 2017. People` know me because I read "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20th, 2021. If you didn't see me at the inauguration, you might have seen me at the Super Bowl. I recited the “Chorus of the Champions.”
What do you think people will remember most about you?
I want people to remember my meaningful poetry about how people should be treated equally.
I would like to run for president in 2036. Hillary Clinton said that she would vote for me when I run for president. I got to meet Oprah Winfrey, When I recited my poem.