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Photo/Patrick Semansky/AP

Amanda Gorman, 22, the country's first National Youth Poet Laureate, referenced everything from scripture to "Hamilton" — and echoed JFK and MLK — in a performance at the Biden-Harris swearing-in that captivated America.

Driving the news: In less than 24 hours, the L.A. resident went from under 100,000 Twitter followers @TheAmandaGorman to 1.1 million. She went from 206,000 Instagram followers to 2.2 million.

A pair of books Gorman has coming in September hit No. 1 and No. 2 on Amazon.

  • Penguin Young Readers said her inauguration poem will be published in a special edition this spring

With urgency and assertion, AP's Hillel Italie writes, Gorman began "The Hill We Climb," by asking: "Where can we find light / In this never-ending shade?"

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 find herself reciting for one.

Gorman helped inspire — along with Vice President Harris — the Twitter hashtag "#BlackGirlMagic."

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via AP

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Jan 28, 2021 - Sports

Amanda Gorman to become first poet to perform at the Super Bowl

Poet Amanda Gorman delivering a poem during the inauguration of President Biden at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Amanda Gorman, the country's first National Youth Poet Laureate who won widespread praise at President Biden's inauguration, will recite another original poem before Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The 22-year-old will on Feb. 7 become the first poet to perform at one of the year's most-watched TV events. Her poem "will recognize three honorary game captains" who've served during the pandemic, who'll take part in the game's coin toss: Los Angeles educator Trimaine Davis, Tampa nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Pittsburgh-area veteran James Martin, per the NFL.

Go deeper: Amanda Gorman steals the show on Inauguration Day

Amanda Gorman to honor Tampa nurse with Super Bowl poem

Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman, who stole the show at President Biden's inauguration, will honor a local nurse as a coronavirus hero at the Super Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday.

What's happening: Suzie Dorner, the COVID ICU nurse manager at Tampa General Hospital, will be the subject of Gorman's poem — along with a Marine veteran from Pennsylvania and an L.A. educator.

Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.