Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet
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Award-winning Black female writer Amanda Gorman, 22, is set to become the youngest inaugural poet in memory when she recites her work at President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE's inauguration Wednesday. 

Gorman in 2014 became the the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and three years later was named the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate. She will carry on the tradition for Democratic presidents of having celebrated poets read an original piece at inauguration ceremonies. 

According to The Associated Press, Gorman said she was contacted late last month by the Biden inaugural committee, with officials telling her that she had been recommended by incoming first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden redefines role of first lady Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers Overnight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period MORE


Gorman’s poem, which she said is titled, “The Hill We Climb,” will follow in the line of noteworthy works by celebrated poets such as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The AP reported that Angelou’s “On the Pulse of Morning," written for the 1993 inauguration of former President Clinton, went on to sell more than 1 million copies when published in book form. 

While Gorman declined to preview any lines, she told the AP she was encouraged by the inaugural committee to emphasize messages of unity and hope without “denigrating anyone” or declaring “ding, dong, the witch is dead" over Biden's electoral defeat of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE

According to Gorman’s website, the Harvard University graduate was previously invited to the Obama White House and has been asked to perform for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Malala Yousafzai. 

Gorman has also performed several commissioned poems for “CBS This Morning,” and has spoken at events at the Library of Congress, as well as Lincoln Center in New York City. 

The poet is one of several performers announced by the Biden team Thursday who will be participating in next week’s inaugural ceremonies. Lady Gaga has been tapped to sing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez has also been asked to perform at inaugural ceremonies on the West Front of the Capitol.