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Bookmark This: Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou

Many articles have been published in the last few days honoring the passing of the prolific writer, activist, and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86. We wanted to share what we thought were the most moving.
The Los Angeles Times spoke with Rutgers University creative writing professor and author Tayari Jones in this video chat. Jones discusses how Dr. Angelou broke the taboo against women writing about tragedy, her undeniable connection to the people, and how Angelou was a true “Prometheus figure.” 

Also, bookmark this wonderful NPR interview, conducted on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Listen to her speak about her early days as an activist, how James Baldwin tricked her into writing I Know How the Caged Birds Sing, and her insights into creativity.
“An artist becomes and is made and has artistry thrust upon them. I don’t know when you become. I think everybody born comes from the creative trailing wisps of glory. We come from the creator with creativity.” – Dr. Maya Angelou