Amanda Gorman is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US 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, CBS This Morning, and in the New York Times, Vogue, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2017, Urban Word named her the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University, she now lives in her hometown of Los Angeles. The special edition of her inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb was published in March 2021 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list.
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis series, which is in development as an animated television series. He's also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, Love by Matt de la Pena, and The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. He recently illustrated a modern edition of the Clement C. Moore classic, The Night Before Christmas.
This session will be moderated by Dr. Carla Hayden.
Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress in September 2016. She is the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. She was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama in February 2016 and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, July 2016.