Los Angeles Literature
Amanda Gorman is the inaugural Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate and Western Region Youth Poet Laureate and one of four candidates to become the first ever United States Youth Poet Laureate. Amanda has written for WriteGirl, The Huffington Post, mariashriver.com and HelloGiggles. She also founded One Pen One Page, a nonprofit that teaches youth to use writing to promote social change. Amanda currently attends Harvard as a sophomore and studies government, literature and politics. This past summer she was awarded the OZY Genius Award Grant and traveled the country on a speaking tour and virtual reality filmmaker.
High school: New Roads School
Harvard CollegeCambridge, MA
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News and Highlights
A poet among us! Congratulations to Amanda Gorman, MS '16, who has been named the first National youth poet laureate! This award honors a teen poet who demonstrates not only extraordinary literary talent but also a proven record of community engagement and youth leadership. Amanda is a rising sophomore at Harvard studying literature and politics.