Amanda Gorman

Call Us What We Carry
  • Call Us What We Carry

  • The breakout poetry collection by Sunday Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

    'This is more than protest.
    It's a promise.'

    Including 'The Hill We Climb,' the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this luminous poetry collection by Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, these seventy poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.

    Praise for 'The Hill We Climb':

    'I was profoundly moved... The power of your words blew me away' Michelle Obama, TIME

    'I was thrilled' Hillary Clinton

    'She spoke truth to power and embodied clear-eyed hope to a weary nation. She revealed us to ourselves' Lin-Manuel Miranda, TIME

Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Amanda's activism and poetry have been featured on The Today Show, PBS Kids and CBS This Morning, and in The New York Times, Vogue and Essence. In 2017, Amanda Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word - a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions and states nationally. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. Gorman's performance of her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration received critical acclaim and international attention. The special edition of her inaugural poem was published in March 2021 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list and was a Sunday Times Bestseller in the United Kingdom. Her debut picture book, Change Sings, was published in September 2021 and her breakout poetry collection, Call Us What We Carry, will be published in December 2021.

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