First Lady Dr Jill Biden
The new First Lady Dr Jill Biden,was the one who stumbled upon Gorman’s work only days before the inauguration. She was watching a reading Gorman gave at the Library of Congress, according to the Times, when she asked if Gorman might read something for the inauguration. Over a Zoom call, she was told she’d been picked to present, and she’d need to be on a flight to Washington, D.C., soon.
Amanda Gorman
Before Amanda Gorman Made Inaugural History, She Delivered a Poem That Won Over Jill Biden.Years before Amanda Gorman took the inaugural stage, the now-22-year-old poet recited her pieces at other historic venues, like the Library of Congress. Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, delivered one of her most compelling addresses at the famed research library in 2017. Her original performance of “In This Place: An American Lyric” three years ago wowed listeners, including Jill Biden, who asked Gorman to join the 2021 Inauguration Day festivities.
“They did not want to put up guardrails for me at all,” Gorman told the Times. “The theme for the inauguration in its entirety is ‘America United,’ so when I heard that was their vision, that made it very easy for me to say, great, that’s also what I wanted to write about in my poem, about America united, about a new chapter in our country.”
Jill Biden
The new first lady clearly made the right choice, since Gorman’s historic inaugural poem stood out as one of the most inspiring moments from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s special day. Gorman is incredibly skilled at injecting the sentiment and spirit of our country’s triumphs and struggles into her words. Watch her 2017 address above to understand exactly why the first lady wanted her to perform years later.