Amanda Gorman is a 22-year-old poet who has recently gained national recognition following her reading at President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. Prior to her recent recognition she made a name for herself with both her poetry and her activism. She was born on March 7, 1998 in Los Angeles, California and in 2017 at the age of 19 made history by being appointed the first National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. Before that, she was the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles. Her writing focuses on a variety of topics related to activism, including race, feminism, and oppression. She is an accomplished author of several poetry collections and is the founder of One Pen One Page, an organization that focuses on bringing free creative writing programs to disadvantaged youth.