MSU Today features Lauren Russell on Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman

January 26, 2021 - Staff

We were thrilled to see today's MSU Today article featuring RCAH assistant professor and Center for Poetry director Lauren Russell and her thoughts on inaugural poet Amanda Gorman.

Russell writes, "When I first read about Amanda Gorman, Joe Biden’s inauguration poet, her biography rang a few bells. Like me, Gorman hails from Los Angeles and, like me, she is a woman of color. Like me, she fell in love with poetry as a child. Like me, her mind falls outside of the neurotypical lines (albeit differently; Gorman credits her speech impediment for giving her a 'real appreciation for the musicality and the complexity of sound,' an essential tool in the making of poetry)."

Read the entire article here on MSU Today.