Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman On Uncertainty and Inspiration

Michelle Woo
Forge
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2 min readJan 20, 2021

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Photo: Patrick Semansky/Getty Images

Today, the nation watched in awe as Amanda Gorman read her powerful poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration—and then immediately Googled everything she’s ever said and written. I ended up swiping through the young poet’s Instagram Stories, where she did a Q&A with her followers a few months ago, sharing thoughts on writing and staking a claim in the world that will…

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Michelle Woo
Forge

Author of Horizontal Parenting: How to Entertain Your Kid While Lying Down (Chronicle Books)