November 29, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Superstar 23-year-old poet Amanda Gorman was the first National Youth Poet Laureate and in 2021 became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Her dynamic work is on full display in her breakout collection, Call Us What We Carry: Poems, which includes “The Hill We Climb,” the electrifying piece she recited at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Call Us What We Carry, which comes in the wake of the pandemic and a national reckoning with systemic racism, serves as a reminder that through struggle and grief, there is always reason to hope for a better future.

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