Charles Trepany, USA TODAY Published 8:32 p.m. ET Jan. 26, 2021
Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks and poet Amanda Gorman all delivered memorable performances Wednesday at the Biden inauguration. USA TODAY
Amanda Gorman — a Harvard grad, National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history — has another title to add to her resume: bestselling author.
In the wake of her history-making performance at the inauguration of President Joe Biden earlier this month, the 22-year-old poet’s upcoming books have already become bestsellers on Amazon, even though they aren’t due for release for several more months.
“I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!” Gorman tweeted on Jan. 20, hours after reading her original poem, “The Hill We Climb,” on Inauguration Day. “Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: ‘For words alone are certain good: Sing, then.'”
And the books seem to have stayed at the top.
As of Tuesday, Gorman’s lyrical children’s book, “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,” coming out Sept. 21, is at the top of Amazon’s bestsellers in books list. Her poetry collection, “The Hill We Climb and Other Poems,” also out Sept. 21, is at number two, and the printed copy of her Inauguration Day poem, which is titled “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” and comes out April 27, is number six.
All three titles are also marked as Amazon bestsellers.
Gorman’s upcoming poetry collection is aimed at readers age 14 and up. In a press release from Viking Books for Young Readers, the poet said she hopes the collection can “inspire and uplift readers with its verse at a time when we could all use more poetry in our lives, no matter our age.”
On Instagram, Gorman shared the cover of her children’s book, writing that she wrote “Change Sings” “as a children’s anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world.”
“I felt strongly that the book should come out in 2021, when children would be facing the results of the 2020 election, and whatever those would be, I wanted them to know they were the leaders of the future,” she added. “I had no idea that around the same time, I myself would be named the youngest inaugural poet at that time! So I am too learning and living the lesson of ‘Change Sings.'”
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff
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