UB Distinguished Speakers Series: Amanda Gorman

History-Making Inaugural Poet | First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate of the USA | Bestselling Author | Advocate

portrait of Amanda Gorman sitting by window.

March 26, 2024
7 p.m.

Center for the Arts
Mainstage Theatre

Tickets: $35, $45, $55

sold out

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality and gender justice. Gorman’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.  After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. In 2017, 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. Gorman’s groundbreaking performance of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the 2021 presidential inauguration received international critical acclaim, inspiring millions of viewers with her message of hope, resilience and healing.

Gorman appeared on the cover of TIME magazine in February 2021 and was the first poet to grace the cover of Vogue in their May 2021 issue. She was Porter Magazine's July 2021 cover star and received The Artist Impact Award at the 2021 Backstage at the Geffen Awards. Gorman was one of 5 Variety Power of Women honorees and cover star, as well one of 3 cover stars for Glamour's Women of the Year. The special edition of her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” was published in March 2021. Her debut picture book, “Change Sings,” released September 2021 and her poetry collection “Call Us What We Carry” in December 2021, all debuting at #1 on New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Please visit theamandagorman.com.