At 21, Amanda Gorman is heralded as “the next great figure in American poetry.” Amanda made history in 2017 by being named the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a rising senior at Harvard in the top of her class studying Sociology. Amanda began her activist career when she was selected to be a UN Youth Delegate to the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women. Ever since, her work as a gender equality activist has only grown; she serves as a HERlead Ambassador and Alumna supporting high school girls’ community projects, and has worked with NowThis News to spread information about the recent abortion bans to their 18 million followers.
She’s contributed pieces on gender equality the New York Times, as well as Porter Magazine, which named her a 2019 Incredible Girl. A staunch advocate for girls’ education, she’s penned poems with viral watercolor artist Kimothy Joy, with proceeds going to schoolgirls in developing countries. She’s performed at the Women in the World Summit, Glamour’s International Day of the Girl Rally, and more, as well as performed a personalized poem as a gift for girls’ rights leader Malala Yousafzai. She currently writes for the New York Times newsletter The Edit and just signed a two-book deal with Viking (a division of Penguin Random House) after a bidding war involving eight publishers. Most recently, she traveled to Slovenia with Prada as a reporter on the company’s latest sustainability project
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