Opportunities are continuing to pour in for Amanda Gorman, the woman who impressed viewers with her performance at the inauguration. The 22-year-old will be reciting another spoken-word piece at this year’s Super Bowl, making her the first poet to take the stage at the annual NFL event.
Gorman’s poem will honor Trimaine Davis, Suzie Dorner and James Martin — three pandemic heroes who “have all been widely heralded for their roles in helping others during the height of COVID-19.” According to NFL officials, Davis, a teacher, reportedly helped families adjust to teaching lessons over the internet. Nurse Dorner worked tirelessly to assist sick patients, and Marine Corps veteran Martin lent his support to fellow veterans during the pandemic. The recitation of the literary piece will take place in-stadium and will air on CBS for football fans tuning into the television broadcast.
Gorman has been on the receiving end of love since she shut down the inauguration with her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” Her performance, which made her the youngest inaugural poet in American history, became more monumental after it was lauded by the likes of the Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and a heap of new social media followers. It even helped to push her unreleased books, “The Hill We Climb” and “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem,” to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list.
“I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY! Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words,” Gorman tweeted. “As Yeats put it: ‘For words alone are certain good: Sing, then.’”
Gorman also received an offer to become a poet in residence at Morgan State University and recently inked a deal with IMG Models, who will assist her in getting brand endorsements and more editorial opportunities.
Super Bowl LV will go down on Feb. 7. Jazmine Sullivan is slated to sing the national anthem, and The Weeknd will headline the halftime performance.