Amanda Gorman establishes poetry award and prize for high school students

Current public high school seniors in the U.S. and all U.S. territories who plan to attend a two- or four-year college, are eligible for the Gorman Award. The application period runs from Oct. 1 to Feb. 1, 2022. More information can be found at www.tinyurl.com/a5ty7srr.

The award-winning African American writer is a Harvard graduate and became the first youth poet laureate in Los Angeles in 2014. Three years later, she was named the country’s first national youth poet laureate.


Penguin Random House will release Gorman’s upcoming collection of poetry titled Call Us What We Carry on December 7. The project was originally titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems and will include her inauguration poem. A $15.99 commemorative edition of the inaugural poem alone, according to NPD BookScan, has sold more than 462,000 hardcover copies.

“I wrote Call Us What We Carry as a lyric of hope and healing. I wanted to pen a reckoning with the communal grief wrought by the pandemic. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever written, but I knew it had to be. For me, this book is a receptacle, a time capsule both made by and for its era. What is poetry if not a mirror for our present and a message for our future?” Gorman also told Forbes.


Check out the cover of Gorman’s new book below.

Amanda Gorman establishes poetry award and prize for high school students
(Image source: Instagram – @amandascgorman)

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