An author whose series of autobiographies is as admired for its lyricism as its politics, Maya Angelou is a writer who’s done it all. Angelou's poetry and prose -- and her refusal to shy away from writing about the difficult times in her past -- have made her an inspiration to her readers.
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Also Known As:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
April 4, 1928
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
High school in Atlanta and San Francisco
Langston Hughes Award 1991; Essence Woman of the Year 1992; Grammy Award for Spoken Word Recording, 1993 and 1995; Quill Award for Amazing Peace, 2006
|Cooking with Maya|
|Hallelujah! The Welcome Table|
Throughout Maya Angelou’s life -- from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer -- good food has played an important role. In Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares the recipes that have contributed to her life's bounty -- sure to bring life to any table!
|Maya Angelou's Influences|
|Angelou counts Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as two of the most influential figures in her life (she was set to work with each before they were assassinated, stories she recounts in A Song Flung Up to Heaven). But Angelou also admires a diverse group of writers, whom she often cites in her work. Here are some of her favorites. |
|A Poet's Life Work||Maya Angelou in Audiobooks|
|The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou|
This volume is the first comprehensive collection of Maya Angelou's poems, including her famous poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," written for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential inauguration. As Library Journal said in a review of the collection, "Angelou's work never fails to grip the imagination."
|A Song Flung up to Heaven|
Maya Angelou's writings when they're read aloud by the author herself; listening to Angelou's poetry and prose in her own inimitable voice is a moving -- and often inspiring -- experience.
|Photo by Steve Dunwell||