GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Amanda Gorman took to the stage during President Biden's inauguration, people all over the country were taken with her poetry.

What You Need To Know

  • Local poet Jermaine Monroe says he knows there are many young poets around the Triad, and hopes Gorman inspires them

  • Gorman became Los Angeles' Youth Poet Laureate at age 16 through a program put on in part by the public library

  • Greensboro librarians hope that connection helps people realize talent can be found anywhere, and how many resources the library provides

In the Triad, both poets and librarians celebrated her accomplishments.

Jermaine Monroe is an artist and poet who runs workshops for kids and judges high school and college slam poetry competitions.

He says Gorman's rise to prominence is an inspiration; a young Black woman who is at the forefront of poetry.

He doesn't think she's alone as a young person involved in poetry.

“They’re out there, but maybe this will be the icing on the cake per se. I think it was already a large group of youths who understand poetry, now, because of slam poetry and performance poetry and spoken word. It’s becoming more and more closer to the forefront," Monroe says.

Another group of people inspired by Gorman were librarians, like Chris Fox of the Greensboro Public Library.

Through a program put on in part by the Los Angeles Public Library, Gorman became Los Angeles' Youth Poet Laureate at age 16.

Fox says that connection shows how important public libraries are to helping provide free resources that help nurture talent.

“The fact that Amanda Gorman came through the libraries is just very validating for all the folks who would come to our poetry programs here because we’ve got, there’s an Amanda Gorman in your neighborhood somewhere here in Greensboro. You might not have heard of her yet. You haven’t heard her work, but she’s out there working and writing, and she’s probably used a library resource at some point to do research for her work," Fox says.