Amanda Gorman mural pops up in Palm Springs

Taylor Martinez & City News Service

Residents and visitors can now find a mural of poet and activist, Amanda Gorman, in Palm Springs.

The mural is thanks to Grit Development in coordination with the City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

You can find the piece in the art pit in the Downtown development.

The 22-year-old poet, and Los Angeles native, is known for becoming the youngest inaugural poet when she read “The Hill We Climb” at President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony.

Gorman emphasized unity for the country as she read the line, “We lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but to what stands before us.”

She turned to writing at an early age in an attempt to cope with her speech impediment. At age 14, she joined WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that helps teen girls discover the power of their voice through creative writing.

Throughout her high school years at New Roads School in Santa Monica, Gorman attended WriteGirl’s monthly creative writing workshops and was matched with writing mentors for one-on-one mentoring.

“WriteGirl has been pivotal in my life,” she said. “It’s been thanks to their support that I’ve been able to chase my dreams as a writer.”

WriteGirl Executive Director Keren Taylor said she had “no doubt Amanda’s messages of hope, unity and justice will help us all heal and move forward.”

Gorman was selected in 2014 as the first Los Angeles youth poet laureate and in 2017 as the first national youth poet laureate. She graduated in May from Harvard University with a degree in sociology.

Gorman has two books forthcoming, including her first children’s book, “Change Sings,” set to be published in September.

Gorman was the sixth poet to perform at a presidential inauguration, continuing an intermittent tradition begun in 1961 when Robert Frost recited “The Gift Outright” at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. The previous youngest was Richard Blanco, who was 44 when he read “One Today” at Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.

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