Vogue Magazine Cover Celebrates its First Poet

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The Boston Globe

23-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman appears on the cover of Vogue Magazine.

  Following the incredible recital of her original poem, “The Hill We Climb,  at President Biden’s inauguration, Harvard graduate and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman makes an appearance on the May 2021 cover of Vogue Magazine. Gorman becomes the first poet to ever do so.

  While Gorman is known for the powerful inaugural poem, it is not the only remarkable piece she published. Earthrise inspires action to end the “single greatest challenge of our time”, “The Miracle of Morning reminds those who felt alone due to the effects of the pandemic that “our people have never been more closely tethered”, and “Talking Gets Us There” opens the dialogue for the world to “speak out with all our hearts” against racism. These few pieces are among many of her other inspiring works of poetry.

  “In poetry, we can discover and build new bridges that connect people, albeit friend or foe, or those from different cultural backgrounds,” explains Trenton Brown, Sanderson Assistant Principal, “The poet can see the unseen and hear the unheard– it is through the poet’s pen that new ideas and creation give way to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

  The Los Angeles native and Hamilton fan is looking forward to a bright future, as there is clearly no limit to what she can do. Some of Gorman’s future plans include modeling for IMG Models, releasing a triad of published works, (one of which is an illustrated children’s book), and living out her dream of becoming president of the United States. As Gorman expressed regarding a potential 2036 run for president on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, “Let’s put that on the bulletin board for the future.” 

  Brown shares, “To quote Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate to be featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine, ‘We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.’ This quote resonates with me given the social, political, and civil unrest that our nation has faced since its inception.”

  Using her voice as a political vessel, Gorman continues to touch the lives of many today. Her growing 3.7 million followers on Instagram show the young poet support as she continues on her journey to share her voice with the world.