Amanda Gorman, who went viral at Biden inauguration, now has Super Bowl on her itinerary
The 22-year-old Harvard graduate and National Youth Poet Laureate has plenty up her sleeve, from books slated to hit stores later this year and signing with a modeling agency, to talk show appearances and future political aspirations.
At the inauguration on Jan. 20, she read an original poem titled "The Hill We Climb," calling for unity and healing as the U.S. ushered in its 46th president, Joe Biden.
"We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it / Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy / And this effort very nearly succeeded / But while democracy can be periodically delayed / It can never be permanently defeated," she read.
Her reading went viral and the young poet has had a busy week since, to say the least. Here's what else to look forward to from Gorman.
A Super Bowl appearance
The NFL announced Wednesday that Gorman had been commissioned to compose an original poem about the resiliency of the game's three honorary game captains, to be read at this year's Super Bowl.
The league said the captains — Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis, Tampa, Florida-based nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Marine Corps veteran James Martin of Pittsburg — were chosen "because of their dedication and selfless commitment to helping others" during the coronavirus pandemic.
Super Bowl LV will take place Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida, between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Gorman's style at inauguration – a bright yellow Prada coat, red velvet headband that's already sold out and jewelry loaned to her by Oprah (it's casual!) – garnered plenty of attention.
Now, the poet can add "model" to her list of accolades. IMG Models, which represents the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss and Chrissy Teigen, announced Tuesday that Gorman would be joining their lineup.
Gorman has three works scheduled to be published this year: the printed copy of her Inauguration Day poem, out April 27; plus a children's book titled "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," and poetry collection, "The Hill We Climb and Other Poems," both due Sept. 21.
All three have already become Amazon bestsellers, even though they won't be released for several more months.
"I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!" Gorman tweeted on Inauguration Day. "Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: 'For words alone are certain good: Sing, then.'"
And the books seem to have stayed at the top. As of Tuesday, "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," was at the top of Amazon's bestsellers in books list. "The Hill We Climb and Other Poems" is at No. 2, and the printed copy of her Inauguration Day poem is No. 6.
According to Rolling Stone and The Hill, Gorman previously published the book "The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough" in 2015, though the title is not currently available on Amazon.
Gorman's upcoming poetry collection is aimed at readers age 14 and up. In a press release from Viking Books for Young Readers, the poet said she hopes the collection can "inspire and uplift readers with its verse at a time when we could all use more poetry in our lives, no matter our age.”
On Instagram, Gorman shared the cover of her children's book, writing that she wrote "Change Sings" "as a children’s anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world."
A future presidential run?
Could Gorman return to the inaugural stage in the future, swearing in as an elected leader herself?
She said in a Tuesday appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that she had been dreaming of becoming president of the United States since "around sixth grade," after her teacher told the young, passion student she should consider a future run.
"It's something that my family takes very seriously, because they know that when I say something, I mean business," she added. "So in college, my twin sister would be at parties and people would be posting things on Snapchat or whatever, and she would say, 'don't get a photo of me, my sister's running for president in 25 years.' … So we all really hold ourselves accountable to the dream."
Gorman's inauguration poem celebrated the beauty of the country's diversity and called on Americans to rise to the occasion and leave their country better than they found it.
"We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother / Can dream of becoming president, only to be reciting for one," she read.
Contributing: Charles Trepany