Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Will Perform Poetry at Super Bowl LV
Amanda Gorman, the country’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, will be presenting an original poem at Super Bowl LV. She will make history as the first poet to perform at the event.
At just 22 years old, Gorman has gained national praise on January 20th for reciting her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, making her the youngest inaugural poet in the United States. Her poem reached many families as 33.8 million people tuned in to watch Biden’s inauguration Wednesday morning. It is predicted that Gorman will reach even more Americans on February 7th with how wildly popular the Super Bowl viewership is each year.
Her poem will honor three individuals – Florida nurse manager Suzie Dorner, Pittsburgh-based Marine veteran James Martin, and Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis – who have served as leaders in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic that the NFL has selected to be honorary captains at the event. According to NFL news, Dorner is the COVID ICU nurse manager at Tampa General Hospital and will be representing healthcare workers. Martin has helped the veterans, local youth, and high school athletes virtually connect through the Wounded Warrior Project. Davis has helped each of his students and their families obtain access to the internet and to tech devices to assist with their online schooling.
Opportunities have not stopped rolling in for the young poet. Just days after Gorman captured audiences at President Biden’s inauguration, she announced that she has landed a modeling contract with IMG Models, one of the top modeling agencies in the world, known for representing some of the industry’s most notable talents such as Chanel Iman, Bella Hadid, and Alek Wek. She has also gained over 2 million followers on Instagram following the event.
In addition, Gorman is celebrating a massive increase in the presale of her upcoming three books, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, and The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country. Each book is being published by Penguin Random House who announced that Gorman is set to publish 1 million copies for each of her three books.
Gorman has become an even bigger literary sensation. Her words will continue to captivate the ears and hearts of audiences all over America.