The life of the poet Amanda Gorman changed after her appearance at the inauguration ceremony of American President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20, not only put her firmly on the literary map but also increased the sales of her books. Now the 23-year-old has appeared on the cover of Vogue, becoming the first poet to do so.
“It’s an honor to be the first poet EVER on the cover of @voguemagazine, and what a joy it is for me to wear the black designer @virgilabloh. This is called The Rise of Amanda Gorman, but it really is for all of you, both named and unseen, who lift me up 🕊🦋 Love, Amanda, ”she wrote.
During an interview with Doreen St Félix, the poet talked a lot about a number of topics, but mostly about her writing. When asked about her immediate goals, she shared the time to complete two books – Change sings: Children’s anthem i The hill we climb and other songs. Both should be in September and are already bestsellers. She admitted that she felt the pressure saying, “How will you know the last thing you did?”
Honored by the first poet EVER on the cover @voguemagazine , and what a joy it is while wearing a black designer, @virgilabloh . This is called The Rise of Amanda Gorman, but it really is for all of you, both named and unseen, who raise me 🕊🦋
– Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) April 7, 2021
Writing is both her way of expressing herself and a means of determining her place. When asked about her feelings about writing for the NFL, given their treatment of activist Colin Kaepernick, she replied, “It’s always complicated … I said yes, not even for the money. I made so little money on that shoot. I did this because of what I thought would mean for poetry in the country to have poetry for the first time in history in the Super Bowl. “
In 2017, Kaepernick severed ties with the league claiming the owners were working against not keeping him away.