The Poetry Society of America conducted a short interview with Amanda Gorman (CRF Juror) for their Stopping By series. The series is dedicated to conversations with writers, musicians, curators, and innovators to reflect on the power and memory of language, shared spaces, and this extraordinary moment in time. Click here to read about Gorman’s thoughts on poetry, art, and the pandemic.

What do you see as the role of art in public life at this moment in time?

Art reminds us both of our common humanity as well as our best selves. In a time that can feel so dark, it’s the creativity of the human spirit which serves as a beacon for our shared values. Its power can never be underestimated.”