Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 07:30pm
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents
An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Pico Iyer
History-making Inaugural Poet
First-ever National Youth Poet Laureate
No.1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Heralded as the voice of her generation, poet and activist Amanda Gorman empowers people across the globe with an undeniable message about the power of using your voice to make a difference. Gorman made history as the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States and is celebrated for her commitment to advocating for the environment, racial equality and gender justice.
She became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history with her groundbreaking performance of her poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. She opened the 2022 U.N. General Assembly week with a poem about the climate crisis, performed her empowering poem "We Rise" at Variety's Power of Women event, ignited the Forbes Women's Summit and became the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl. With her message of hope, resilience and healing, Gorman serves as an inspiration to change the world for the better.
Major Sponsor: Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing
Justice for All Lead Sponsors: Marcy Carsey, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Eva & Yael Haller, Dick Wolf, and Zegar Family Foundation
Presented in association with the following UCSB partners: Feminist Futures and the departments of English and Sociology