Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Poet Amanda Gorman for president? Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton hope so
AP

Poet Amanda Gorman for president? Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton hope so

  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}
U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS) U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

At least two powerful figures will be voting Amanda Gorman for president as soon as the 23-year-old inauguration poet is eligible in 2036.

In a new Vogue interview with writer Doreen St. Felix, Gorman elaborated on her plan to campaign for the highest office in the United States — and revealed that she has already secured unofficial but key endorsements from former Secretary of State (and presidential contender) Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the first national youth poet laureate graces the May cover of the fashion magazine.

Both Clinton, whom Gorman called “a grandma,” and Obama, whom she dubbed “the cool auntie,” were present for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, where the young wordsmith from Los Angeles recited her poignant poem “The Hill We Climb.” In conversation with Vogue, Gorman recalled some of the events that led to her star-making moment on Capitol Hill.

“Not that no one else could have done it,” she said of preparing to debut the poem before the entire nation. “But if they had taken another young poet and just been like, ‘A five-minute poem, please, and by the way the Capitol was just almost burned down. See you later’ ... That would have been traumatizing.”

Gorman’s career has skyrocketed since she transfixed the country with her inauguration performance. A hard-copy edition of “The Hill We Climb” — released last month — as well as an upcoming poetry collection and children’s book by the rising author are all bestsellers.

In March, she sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview on the TV legend’s Apple TV+ series. And in January, she inked a deal with talent agency IMG Models — though St. Felix notes in her cover story that Gorman is “wary about being perceived as a model.”

“When I’m part of a campaign,” she told Vogue, “the entity isn’t my body. It’s my voice.”

Shortly after the Biden-Harris inauguration, Gorman was invited to write and recite an original poem for the 2021 Super Bowl — making her the first poet ever to perform at the sporting event. Asked whether she was hesitant to accept an offer from the NFL — criticized heavily for shunning former quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he kneeled for justice during the national anthem — Gorman replied, “It’s always complicated.”

“I said yes, not even for the money,” Gorman continued. “I made so little money doing that shoot. I did it because of what I thought it would mean for poetry in the country, to have poetry performed, for the first time in history, at the Super Bowl.”

Though she ended up taking the Super Bowl opportunity, Gorman has drawn the line at several other recent proposals — amounting to about $17 million, she said — because they didn’t align with her vision.

“I didn’t really look at the details because if you see something and it says a million dollars, you’re going to rationalize why that makes sense,” she told Vogue. “I have to be conscious of taking commissions that speak to me.”

0
0
0
0
0

Stay up-to-date on what's happening

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Ernest Hemingway's terse prose style might seem clichéd today, but his short, declarative sentences and beneath-the-surface meaning were groundbreaking in his time. Here are four novels and a short-story collection that are essential reading. 'The Sun Also Rises' (1926) His first novel is the love story of Jake Barnes, who suffered a tragic war wound, and the promiscuous Lady Brett Ashley, who ...

Richard Thompson’s combination of skills as a songwriter and guitarist is unmatched. The musician’s career — from his rise with British folk-rock inventors Fairport Convention to his 1970s partnership with his wife Linda Thompson to three decades as a solo artist — stretches over 50 years. But Thompson’s new memoir, which was written with Scott Timberg, zeroes in on only the first eight. It’s ...

"Infinite Country" by Patricia Engel; Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster (208 pages, $25) ——— "Infinite Country," the new novel by Patricia Engel, has an irresistible first line: “It was her idea to tie up the nun.” The girl who has the idea, 15-year-old Talia, is intent on escaping from a remote reform school in the mountains of Colombia. "Infinite Country" is all about making escapes from ...

When Carribean Fragoza was a child, she ate dirt. "Like I ate dirt a lot," she said in a recent video interview. And her tías in Guadalajara, Mexico, really liked eating clay pots. They'd break off little pieces and hand them to her "like they were chocolate." During one of her first prenatal appointments decades later, the obstetrician, concerned about lead in her body, asked Fragoza if she ...

"Who Is Maud Dixon?" by Alexandra Andrews; Little, Brown (336 pages, $28) ——— The title of this smart, slyly clever debut from journalist Alexandra Andrews says it all. Just who is this Maud Dixon whose first novel is the most talked about book in the history of publishing? Discussions about the book are rivaled by the secret identity of Maud. All that is known about the author is that Maud ...

"The Wild Silence" by Raynor Winn; Penguin Books (288 pages, $17) ——— Immediately upon finishing Raynor Winn's 2019 memoir, "The Salt Path," I went to the computer and called up Google. "What happened to Moth?" I typed. I needed to know; In the course of reading that powerful book, Winn and her husband, Moth Walker, had become important to me. Winn's gorgeous new memoir, "The Wild Silence," ...

Marvel Comics is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Captain America with a gay teen superhero. The publishing company said in a press release that its newest hero, Aaron Fischer, is making his debut June 2. He’ll be featured in a new limited series titled “The United States of Captain America.” The series will feature the original Captain America Steve Rogers teaming up with Captain Americas ...

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News