Amanda Gorman To Bring Poetry To Super Bowl
2021 certainly is turning out to be a year of many firsts for young poet Amanda Gorman. Not only is the 22-year-old Harvard graduate America’s first Youth Poet Laureate, but she’ll soon become the first poet ever to perform the written word at the sports event of the year, the Super Bowl.
Gorman, who blew the country out the water with a powerful performance of her own “The Hill We Climb” at U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will be taking to the big stage ahead of this year’s Super Bowl to recite poetry – again, original and her own.
The poetry Gorman will be performing was inspired by a special trio of heroes who have been named honorary “Super Bowl Captains”: a veteran Marine who inspires upcoming young sports stars by boosting morale with his selfless volunteering and passion for high school football, a Tampa General Hospital nurse manager who has for months without end been putting her own life on the line by going above and beyond for her hospital, fellow staff, and patients, and a Los Angeles educator who has worked tirelessly for the academic success of Black students through his work with several Black student and education initiatives.
A Poetic First For Sport
In attendance at the sports event of the year on February 7 will be 750 vaccinated locals as well as a group of special guests and invited health care workers.
The Super Bowl may not be known for its associations with any of the performing arts other than perhaps celebrity musical performers but considering how the young poet mesmerised everyone in attendance during her Inauguration Day reading, it really is no surprise that Gorman would have been even on sports organisers’ minds when this year’s program was being planned.
A Bright Future Beckons
Gorman’s success is practically written in gold. Interest in her books skyrocketed after her performance on Inauguration Day, causing a demand for her work to drive pre-orders for her books to drive through the roof. And so much so, that her publisher has just ordered three million more prints of her upcoming books.
Due for publication on September 21 is Gorman’s debut children’s picture book, “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem”, which book is being illustrated by award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. Also due for publication on the same day is her poetry collection titled “The Hill We Climb and Other Poems”, which is to include the poem Gorman recited at President Biden’s inauguration.
A collectable hard-cover edition of Gorman’s inaugural poem, which is to include a foreword by talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, will hit the shelves on March 16, 2021.