Amanda Gorman hit them hard!
With her words, the National Youth Poet Laureate stirred a nation and worldwide audience watching the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Online, those new fans were moved to buy the 22-year-old’s books and sing her praises on social media.
In the moments after reading her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” Gorman’s Twitter following went through the roof. When we checked her feed and followed her before 9:30 a.m. PT, she was somewhere near 50,000 followers and gaining tens of thousands as the minutes passed. By the time of this writing, she’d passed 800,000 and was easily on her way to 1 million.
Her reading was shared by the likes of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, The New York Times noted that Gorman joined a small group of poets recruited to help mark a presidential inauguration, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.
“In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years,” Gorman told the Times. “But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal.”
Later Wednesday, after retweeting some of the high-profile praise she had been receiving, Gorman did what any author might do — she checked her Amazon seller status. And there she discovered that her two books were holding the top two spots among all book sales on the site.
Gorman’s “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” was available for pre-order and not out until Sept. 21. The hardcover children’s picture book is illustrated by Loren Long.
“The Hill We Climb,” Gorman’s first ever collection of poetry, will also be out in September.
Source: Geek Wire