For 23-year-old Amanda Gorman, fame itself is a concept she has spent her whole life preparing for but nothing would have prepared her for the rapid plunge into fame that came with her inaugural ceremony poem, The Hill we Climb. In the May issue of Vogue, Amanda explores navigating fame as an outspoken Black woman and the values that continue to push her through work.

Amanda Gorman was born in Los Angeles, California to a 6th-grade teacher, Joan Wicks. Her mother, who now has a Ph.D. in education, encouraged her, like her two other children to hone their inner gifts––even limiting their access to television time. Amanda found an interest in reading and writing at an early age and focused on building it. Even before she knew she would be a spoken word poet or knew how to pronounce the ‘r’ in the word poetry, she had heard the word itself call to…

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