LA Gorman Amanda
Milken Scholar 2016
Scholar Profile

Amanda Gorman



Amanda Gorman is the inaugural Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate, Western Region Youth Poet Laureate, and first ever National Youth Poet Laureate. Amanda has written for WriteGirl, The Huffington Post, 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 and studies government, literature and politics. After her freshman year, Amanda was awarded the OZY Genius Award Grant and traveled the country on a speaking tour.

High school:  New Roads School


College Year Degree
Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
2020 B.A. Literature and Politics

News and Highlights

Amanda Gorman (MS '16)

Make Room on Your Bookshelf: Amanda Gorman, MS '16, has been offered a two-book deal with Viking Children's Books. Look for the first title, "Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem," in 2021!

Amanda Gorman (MS '16)

Amanda Gorman, MS '16, was featured on The Today Show for Black History Month as the first African American Youth Poet Laureate.  Amanda is a sophomore at Harvard studying literature and politics.

Amanda Gorman (MS '16)

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.