Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou: Poet, Memoirist, Activist, Teacher, Inspiring Woman.

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’  Maya Angelou
‘A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman’ – President Barack Obama


Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world’s most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights’ activist – working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King – and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, ‘On the Pulse of Morning’, for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.

She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013.  She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.


Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou titles available from Virago Press: 

A Song Flung Up to Heaven

All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes

And Still I Rise


Even the Stars Look Lonesome (ebook)

Gather Together In My Name

Great Food, All Day Long (ebook)

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

The Heart of a Woman 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Shall Not Be Moved

Just Give Me A Cool Drink Of Water ‘Fore I Diie

Letter to My Daughter

Maya Angelou: The Complete Collected Poems

Mom and Me and Mom

Rainbow in the Cloud 

Singin’ & Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas

Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now