Posted on February 2, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Powerful writing feels universal, even if you share little in common — on the surface, at least — with its creator.

Take Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb."

It captured the attention of countless Americans, yes, but reverberated throughout Europe as well.

In particular, the Roma people of Hungary have fallen in love with Gorman's words.

NPR reports that a team of young Romani writers – an ethnic minority constantly battling for equality — are translating Gorman's poetry collection, Call Us What We Carry, into Hungarian with a summer release date.

Said one Romani teen to NPR: "I feel like the hill we're trying to climb is to put a stop to Romani people being looked at as criminals and as jokes and clowns."

Hear more from the young writers translating Gorman's book in NPR's full article.

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