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 BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes 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 BidenFirst Lady visits schools to discuss COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden travels west as Washington troubles mount 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 TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal 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 ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports 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.