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Amanda Gorman lands Time cover, Michelle Obama interview: See what's next for viral inaugural poet

Amanda Gorman made history in January as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history – and she's just getting started. 

The 22-year-old Harvard graduate and National Youth Poet Laureate has plenty up her sleeve, from a Time magazine cover conversation with former first lady Michelle Obama and books slated to hit stores later this year, to talk show appearances and future political aspirations.

At the inauguration on Jan. 20, she read an original poem titled "The Hill We Climb," calling for unity and healing as the U.S. ushered in its 46th president, Joe Biden. 

"We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it / Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy / And this effort very nearly succeeded / But while democracy can be periodically delayed / It can never be permanently defeated," she read. 

Her reading went viral and the young poet has had a busy week since, to say the least. Here's what else to look forward to from Gorman.

Meet Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in US history, who called for unity on Inauguration Day

Amanda Gorman, 22, reads her inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb” during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol.

'I am not lightning that strikes once': Interview with Michelle Obama for Time magazine

In conversation with Obama about the "current renaissance in Black art," Gorman appeared on the cover of the Feb. 5 edition of Time magazine guest edited by author Ibram X. Kendi, wearing yellow and a crown headband, just like she did on Inauguration Day.

"Poetry and language are often at the heartbeat of movements for change," Gorman told Obama in an interview published online Thursday. "If we look to the Black Lives Matter protests, you see banners that say, 'They buried us but they didn’t know we were seeds.' That’s poetry being marshaled to speak of racial justice. If you analyze Martin Luther King’s 'I Have a Dream' speech, it’s a great document of rhetoric that’s also a great document of poetry, of imagery, of song. Never underestimate the power of art as the language of the people."

Amanda Gorman was photographed Jan. 29 for the Feb. 5 edition of Time magazine.

Gorman reflected on her inauguration poem's call for unity: "To me, unity without a sense of justice, equality and fairness is just toxic mob mentality. Unity that actually moves us toward the future means that we accept our differences — we embrace them and we lean into that diversity. It’s not linking arms without questioning what we’re linking arms for. It’s unity with purpose."

Obama said she felt "proud" and "profoundly moved" watching the young poet read her work at Biden's inauguration.

"The power of your words blew me away—but it was more than that. It was your presence onstage, the confidence you exuded as a young Black woman helping to turn the page to a more hopeful chapter in American leadership," Obama said. 

Having solidified her place in the spotlight – as the rest of the accolades in this story confirm – Gorman also offered advice to young Black girls hoping to do the same. 

"Especially for girls of color, we’re treated as lightning or gold in the pan—we’re not treated as things that are going to last," Gorman said. "You really have to crown yourself with the belief that what I’m about and what I’m here for is way beyond this moment. I’m learning that I am not lightning that strikes once. I am the hurricane that comes every single year, and you can expect to see me again soon."

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Honoring 'change-makers' with a poem at the Super Bowl

The NFL announced Jan. 27 that Gorman had been commissioned to compose an original poem about the resiliency of the game's three honorary game captains, to be read at this year's Super Bowl. 

"Humbled to be the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl!" Gorman tweeted Thursday. "I'm so excited to place poetry at the forefront of the most watched U.S. television broadcast, & to honor 3 heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. Can’t wait for the world to hear their stories!"

The league said the honorary captains – Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis, Florida-based nurse Suzie Dorner, who manages a COVID intensive care unit at a Tampa hospital and Marine Corps veteran James Martin of Pittsburg – were chosen "because of their dedication and selfless commitment to helping others" during the pandemic.

"When I was called with the idea of honoring these three amazing change-makers, I was so touched by their altruism," Gorman added on Instagram. "We filmed this segment from my hometown following strict Covid protocols. After all that hard work and the weeks of writing, I’m so ready for the ode to these three warriors to kick off the Super Bowl."

Super Bowl LV will take place Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida, between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. 

Gorman clarified that her Super Bowl appearance was already in the works ahead of her "inauguration fame."

"I’ve actually been talking with the Super Bowl for weeks now, far prior to my invite to the inauguration," she explained. "Had to keep my blessing secret till now."

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman to perform at Super Bowl

Joining the ranks of major models

Gorman's style at inauguration – a bright yellow Prada coat, red velvet headband that's already sold out and jewelry loaned to her by Oprah (it's casual!) – garnered plenty of attention. 

Now, the poet can add "model" to her list of accolades. IMG Models, which represents the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss and Chrissy Teigen, announced Jan. 26 that Gorman would be joining their lineup. 

Inspiring the young generation with bestselling books

Gorman has three works scheduled to be published this year: the printed copy of her Inauguration Day poem, out April 27; plus a children's book titled "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," and poetry collection, "The Hill We Climb and Other Poems," both due Sept. 21.

All three have already become Amazon bestsellers, even though they won't be released for several more months. 

"I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!" Gorman tweeted on Inauguration Day. "Thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and my words. As Yeats put it: 'For words alone are certain good: Sing, then.'"

And the books seem to have stayed at the top. As of Jan. 28, Gorman's lyrical children's book, "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," is at the top of Amazon's bestsellers in books list. "The Hill We Climb and Other Poems" is at No. 2, and the printed copy of her Inauguration Day poem is No. 1.

'The Hill We Climb':Dutch writer will not translate Amanda Gorman's poem after 'uproar' that a white author was selected

On Feb. 26, writer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, who was supposed to write a Dutch translation of "The Hill We Climb," handed back the assignment following criticism that a white author was selected to translate the words of a Black woman. 

“I am shocked by the uproar around my involvement in the dissemination of Amanda Gorman’s message, and I understand people who feel hurt by the choice of Meulenhoff to ask me,” tweeted Rijneveld, who writes poetry as well as novels.

More:Amanda Gorman's books don't come out for months, but they're already Amazon bestsellers

According to Rolling Stone and The Hill, Gorman previously published the book "The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough" in 2015, though the title is not currently available on Amazon.

Gorman's upcoming poetry collection is aimed at readers age 14 and up. In a press release from Viking Books for Young Readers, the poet said she hopes the collection can "inspire and uplift readers with its verse at a time when we could all use more poetry in our lives, no matter our age.”

On Instagram, Gorman shared the cover of her children's book, writing that she wrote "Change Sings" "as a children’s anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world."

'Talking Gets Us There': An animated short film 

Gorman's poetry is being turned into another medium. 

In honor of Black History Month in February, PBS has adapted her original poem "Talking Gets Us There" into an animated short film that parents and educators can use as a resource against racism. Gorman originally penned the poem for the "PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism special," which she hosted in October.

The special will re-air on PBS KIDS' 24/7 Channel on Feb. 16. 

A future presidential run? 

Could Gorman return to the inaugural stage in the future, swearing in as an elected leader herself? 

She said in a Jan. 26 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that she had been dreaming of becoming president of the United States since "around sixth grade," after her teacher told the young, passion student she should consider a future run.

"It's something that my family takes very seriously, because they know that when I say something, I mean business," she added. "So in college, my twin sister would be at parties and people would be posting things on Snapchat or whatever, and she would say, 'don't get a photo of me, my sister's running for president in 25 years.' … So we all really hold ourselves accountable to the dream." 

Gorman's inauguration poem celebrated the beauty of the country's diversity and called on Americans to rise to the occasion and leave their country better than they found it. 

"We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother / Can dream of becoming president, only to be reciting for one," she read.

Contributing: Charles Trepany, Cydney Henderson, Associated Press