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Maya Angelou
Page Index:
Bibliographical Information
Printed Material: Maya Angelou Bibliography
Maya Angelou Main Page


Bibliographical Information            
EPA Top 100 Authors
Educational Paperback Association                                                                                 

Malaspina: Great Books
Library of Congress citation of Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
A book review

Voices from the Gap
Angelou learned what it was like to be a black girl in a world whose boundaries were set by whites.
She learned what it meant to have to wear old hand me downs from a white woman.

Annotated Bibliography
Maya Angelou work with annotation

Books for Children
From list of books by other authors

NLS - Minibibliographies
Maya Angelou - author and poet

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
First five chapters of Maya Angelou's novel

Book Group Corner
Maya Angelou:  Reader's Group Companion

Wikipedia:  The Free Encyclopedia
Some chronological events

Printed Material

She writes of the triumph of the human spirit over hardship and adversity. Her voice speaks of healing and reconciliation, and she is a willing symbol for the American nation on the eve of the twenty-first century.                                                                       Frangoise Lionnet

Maya Angelou: Author

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
Paperback / June 1991

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / August 1996

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / October 1978

Brave and Startling Truth by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / September 1995

Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / September 1994

Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / September 1997

Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / September 1997

Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou
Paperback / August 1997

Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / May 1974

The Heart of A Woman by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / June 1997

Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / June 1997

Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / October 1981

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / February 1970

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Reissue by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / September 1996

I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / May 1997

I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / May 1997

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / May 1997

Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie~XOD~XOA by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / May 1997

Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / 1993

Now Sheba Sings the Song by Maya Angelou

Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / May 1997

Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / May 1997

On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / March 1993

On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou
Paperback / February 1993

On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / November 1993

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / March 1995

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / January 1995

Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? by Maya Angelou

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
by Maya Angelou

Southern Selves edited with and introduction by James H. Watkins
Paperback / August 1998

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou
Hardcover / Random House / 0-679-42743-0 / October 1993

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou
Audio Cassette / October 1993

Children's Books

My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and me, 1994.

Kofi and his Magic, 1996

Maya Angelou: Poet
I Rise
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise.  I rise.  I rise.

Shadow Poetry
She ranged from story to poem to song and back again, and her theme was love and the universality of all lives. "The honorary duty of a human being is to love," Angelou said.

Black Family Pledge
Because we have forgotten our ancestors our children no longer give us honor.

A Hot List of Poetry
Including Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks and others.

The Health Food Diner
Funny poem by Maya Angelou on eating habits

Health-food folks around the world
Are thinned by anxious zeal,
They look for help in seafood kelp
(I count on breaded veal) 
    Maya Angelou

“Find some poetry. Memorize it. Keep it for yourself so you can pull it up—not from the computer, but from the original computer—when you need it. And you will need it.”
Maya Angelou

Some Famous Poems by Maya Angelou:

Just Give    Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie, 1971. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Oh Pray  My Wings Are Gonna fit me Well, 1975.

And Still I Rise, 1978.

Shaker, Why Don't You Sing, 1983.

Now Sheba Sings the Song,1987

I Shall not be Moved,1990.

"On the Pulse of Morning", 1993. This poem was written at the request of William
Jefferson Clinton for his Inauguration as the 42nd President of the United States, January 20, 1993, and was published by Random House in March 1993.

The Completed Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, 1994.

Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems for Women,1995.

"A Brave and Startling Truth",  1995. It was recited at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations on June 26, 1995 and was published by Random House in October 1995.

"From a Black Woman to a Black Man", 1995. It was delivered at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. on October 16.

"Extravagant Spirits",1997. It was written in May 1997 for
Life magazine's Collector's Edition.

Stage Development

Georgia, Georgia, 1972. It was produced by Cinerama, Sweden.

All Day Long, 1974. It was produced by American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Down in the Delta. Angelou directed her first full length film. 1998

Television Appearances:
Television narrator, 1972

Television Interviewer, 1972

African American Specials, 1972

Theatre Series, 1972

Writer for Oprah Winfrey series Brewster Place.

PBS Documentaries: Who Cares About Kids & Kindred Spirits, KERA -TV, Dallas, TX;

Maya Angelou: Rainbow in the Clouds
, WTVS-TV, Detroit, MI;

To the Contrary, Maryland Public Television.

Angelou offers inspiration and courage 

Two plays for national viewing: Tapestry and Circles, directed in Hollywood, 1975.                          

Author of six national one half-hour programs, interviews and profiles:
Assignment America
, which premiered January 1975.

Ten one-hour programs (NET-TV) Black, Blues, Black, National Education Television, writer, producer and director, 1968.

Ghanaian Broadcasting Corporation, Contributor, 1963-64.

Afro-American in the Arts, PBS Documentary.

Humanities Through the Arts, 30 half-hour segments.

Three Way Choice, CBS Miniseries; author and executive producer.

Sister, Sister, NBC, 1982. ( received critical acclaim).

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, CBS, co-author, 1979.

Two programs for the United States Information Agency, writer and host: Part One: The Legacy; Part Two: The Inheritors; 1976.

Touched By An Angel, "Tree of Life" episode, 1995.

The Amen Corner, Chris/Rose Productions with Miramax (work-in-progress), 1999.

Down in the Delta weekly television series (work-in-progress), 1999.

Moesha, Warner Brothers Television, 1999.

Actor Performer:  Off Broadway Plays
Calypso Heat-wave, 1957
The Blacks, 1960

Cabaret for Freedom,1960. It was produced off-Broadway (in collaboration with Godfrey Cambridge).

Mother Courage, University of Ghana, 1964.

Meda, Hollywood, 1966.

The Least of These, 1966. It was produced in Los Angeles.

Gettin' up Stayed on My Mind, 1967.

Akax, 1974. It was produced in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum.

And Still I Rise, 1976. It was produced in Oakland, California at the Oakland Ensemble Theater.

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, 1988. It was produced in London and the author was Errol John.

Stage and Screen Producer
Reference Room
The best of PBS.  Look for Maya Angelou

The Best of NPR !

Maya Angelou
Poet, writer, actress, playwright.
While she worked as a conductor, she danced with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and performed in night clubs. In 1954, at age 32, she toured Europe and Africa to perform "Porgy and Bess" for the US State Department.


Courtesy of G. Paul Bishop: Photographer

"I have accepted the fact that since this is my only life, and as far as I can be assured it is the only one I will ever know, I will not allow myself to be separated from one other human being because of that man or woman’s color, because of his or her persuasion, whether it is one with which I do not agree. I will fight against that one I do not agree with, but I will not be separated from his/her humanity. I must not, because if I do so I deny my own..."                 

                                                                                              Maya Angelou
Writer / Producer / Director

Film, All Day Long, 1974

Full length feature film, Sister, Sister; 20th Century - Fox Television

Screenplay, Georgia, Georgia.

Series Premier of Brewster Place.

And Still I Rise, (Play by Maya Angelou), California, 1976.

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, by Errol Hill, London, 1988.

Black! Blues! Black! Wrote, produced, and hosted the NET public broadcasting series.

How to Make an American Quilt.  Angelou costarred in the motion picture, 1995

Recording Scores
For  the Love of Ivy, Sidney Portier film.

Miss Calypso,  Liberty Records.

Georgia, Georgia, 1972.

All Day Long, 1974.

Television: Full Length Drama
Roots, by Alex Haley, 1977

Look Away, Broadway debut, 1973.

Lecturer / Academic Administration
Institute of African Studies, Legon - Accra, Ghana, Assistant Administrator, School of Music and Drama. 1963-1966.

University of California, Los Angeles, 1966

Writer in Residence, University of Kansas, 1970.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Wake Forest University, 1974

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Wichita State University, 1974.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, California State University, Sacramento, 1974.

Reynolds Professor and Write in Residence,  Wake Forest University, 1981 -

Public Administrator
Northern Coordinator of Southern Christian Leadership  conference, 1959 -1960

Member of American Revolution Bicentennial Council by President Gerald R. Ford, 1975 -1976

Member of National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year.

Dance Instructor
Habima Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel. Professor of Modern Dance.
The Rome Opera House, Rome, Italy.  Professor of Modern Dance.

Lead Dancer
Porgy and Bess,
on a twenty two  nation tour sponsored by the US department of state, 1954 - 1955

Facing history and ourselves 
The Boston Benefit Dinner

Maya Angelou discusses why facing history and working for social justice are so important to her. Each of us has been “paid for,” she says. Ancestors, people whom we’ve never met, have worked to provide us certain advantages and freedom. For this reason, Angelou asserts, it is imperative that we embrace what has been done for us as we prepare for those who are yet to come.

Life of Maya Angelou
Hagen says Angelou's rhythmical awareness was influenced by the King James Bible, white writers like Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare, black writers such as Langston Hughes, shouting and singing in African American churches, and childhood songs, chants, and folklore (119-20).

Slave Routes: The Long Memory
Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman. From humble beginnings she has risen to establish herself as a poet, historian, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.

African American Web list
A list of books written by African Americans in all gendres.  Maya Angelou is included to look for her section.

African American Village

University of Ghana
Ghana was the first country on the African continent to gain independence after colonization.

African American Studies and Research Center

Archival information on Maya Angelou, WEB Du Bois, and other great African American leaders

From the beginning, returning to the source

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