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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman will host Zoom event with Montgomery College

Feb. 2 reading by national youth poet laureate open to public

Amanda Gorman will host a virtual poetry reading, sponsored by Montgomery College, on Feb. 2.

via Montgomery College

Amanda Gorman, the poet and activist who captivated the country with her Inauguration Day poem at the swearing-in of President Joe Biden, will host a poetry reading for Montgomery College students in two weeks.

Gorman, 22, on Wednesday became the youngest inaugural poet in United States history.

She gave a powerful reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb,” written largely in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The poem reflects on the troubles of the past several years — nationwide protests calling for racial justice, a devastating global pandemic, political division — but punctuates the importance of moving forward as a unified country.

“Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one,” the poem reads.

“And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.”

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2, Gorman will host a Zoom poetry reading for Montgomery College students and the community. A post on the Montgomery College website says “all are welcome” and people can preregister online.

In a text message on Wednesday night, Montgomery College spokesman Marcus Rosano wrote that Gorman’s event was booked prior to her inauguration appearance and immediate widespread social media fame.

Gorman, of Los Angeles, published her first poetry collection at 16, and became the first national youth poet laureate in 2017. She has a sociology degree from Harvard University and plans to run for president in 2036, the first year she is old enough to do so, according to the Los Angeles Times.