We’d love for an acolyte of Amanda Gorman to create a spoken word version of our We Can’t Wait
Updated: Feb 16
Amanda Gorman’s arrival into such broad public awareness has brought happiness and hope to everyone we talk with. She and other young voices, especially people of color, could have an incalculable impact on youth advocacy and poetry .
We are considering how to connect this with the project we’re developing at ActiveAllies.org, to amplify intergenerational Voices for Our Future.
We’re assembling noteworthy links for Amanda Gorman and highlighting our favorites. If you can suggest others, please comment here and let us know at email@example.com
The Hill We Climb (5:43) at the Inauguration, January 20, 2021, Marie Claire, includes full text
In This Place: An American Lyric (5:14)', at the Library of Congress, September 2017. Seeing this led Dr. Jill Biden to propose her as the inauguration poet.
Earthrise (4:29) December 4, 2018, part of 24 Hours of Reality by the Climate Reality Project
Amanda Gorman (7:08) Roar, Moth Boston GrandSLAM, September 28, 2017
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Performs At The Forbes Women's Summit (2:24), 2019, Jaw-dropping
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman on Abortion Bans (3:08) Now This, May 23, 2019
Presentation & Reading (8:15) at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, March 20, 2020
Using your voice is a political choice (7:20) TED-Ed Weekend, November 2018
Fury and Faith (2:49) at the Bach Virtuosi Festival's Virtual Virtuosi, August 16, 2020
Tribute to the Empire State Building (4:53) with Jon Batiste, composer, band leader, pianist,. November 27, 2019
TheAmanda Gorman.com ”Wordsmith. Changemaker.” Links to her two books, already best-sellers though they’re due in September: Change Sings, a “children’s anthem,” and The Hill We Climb and other Poems, plus an Inauguration special edition of The Hill We Climb.
One Pen One Page promoting youth voices (Twitter; URL doesn’t work)
Amanda Gorman at Wikipedia
Interviews with Amanda
Amanda Gorman is Giving Americans Hope (11:44) The Late Show with James Corden (whom Gorman has long admired) — the most personal
Inaugural poet goes viral after making history at inaugurations (8:35) at 6:00 she is surprised by Lynn Manuel-MIranda
'Overjoyed': Hear from poet who stole the show at inauguration (10:51) CNN with Anderson Cooper
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Discusses Her Powerful Message (3:09) NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Amanda Gorman - “The Hill We Climb” & Activism Through Poetry | The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah (8:01)
Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem Is a Stunning Vision of Democracy January 21, 2021 by Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, short and profoundly insightful
Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment, in Verse January 19 & 21, 2021, NYTimes by lAlexandra Alter
At the Inauguration, Amanda Gorman Wove History and the Future Into a Stirring Melody, January 21, 2021 NYTimes Critic's Notebook by Dwight Gardner
A World of Figures: The Rhetoric of Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”, At very great length, writer-educator Cass Morris analyses and maps the poem and all its linguistic tools, January 25, 2001.
Context on Spoken Word Poetry
10 Young Black Poets: Ten teenage writers show the future of poetry interviews and performances, in The New York Times, October 2020: so many compelling voices
Felix’s first real intro to contemporary spoken word and poetry slams came when she heard If I should have a daughter (18:13) by Sarah Kay at TED 2011. Her mother was Japanese American, her father Jewish American. Her talk has 15M views at TED and 5.9M at Youtube. She started Project VOICE
Spoken word Extensive background article at Wikipedia