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Poet Master

Amanda Gorman

A poet, author and activist.  Amanda's poetry is a mix of oppression, feminism, race, marginalization, African Diaspora, historical and social issues.

Community:
Amanda and her twin sister, Gabrielle, (a filmmaker) grew up in Los Angeles and was raised by a single mother, who is a writer and a public school English teacher.

Obstacles:
Premature babies born with special needs (speech impediment), Amanda describes herself as being sad and weird as a third grader. She started writing which was a way to combat her depression.

Inspiration:
Motivated to be a poet after watching a speech by Pakistani Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2013.

Education and Hustle: 
* A junior at Harvard studying for a degree in Sociology/Government.
* Writer for the New York Times newsletter, The Edit, tailored to college students and recent graduates.
* At the age of 16 Amanda became a youth delegate for the United Nations.
* Published the poetry book, "The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough".
* In 2017, she made history by becoming the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America.

* Prior to her national position she served as the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of L.A. and later the West.
* The first youth poet to open the literary season for the Library of Congress.
* Modeling gigs involving being the face in two national campaigns for Eileen Fisher and Helmut Lang.
* 2017 recipient of the OZY Genius Awards.

Activist Contributions:
* Organizing voter registrations.
* Participate in Fundraising events.
* Created "One Pen One Page", a non-profit organization that provides platforms for underserved young storytellers.
* Produced "Generation Empathy", a digital virtual reality experience to explore youths various cultures and environments.

Future Plans:
Running for president in 2036. In the meantime, Amanda plans to pursue a career in writing, storytelling and poetry and becoming involved in nonprofit and governmental work in education.

@amandascgorman

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