St. Louis Poetry Center Celebrates Maya Angelou: Star, Icon, Woman

By Henderson, Jane | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), April 19, 2015 | Go to article overview

St. Louis Poetry Center Celebrates Maya Angelou: Star, Icon, Woman


Henderson, Jane, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


For Michelle Obama, "she was the master."

"She" being poet Maya Angelou. "For at a time when there were such stifling constraints on how a black woman could exist in the world, she serenely disregarded all the rules with fiercely, passionate unapologetic self," the first lady said at Angelou's memorial service.

Angelou was remembered by people around the world after her death last May. This month, the St. Louis Poetry Center celebrates the fiercely unapologetic St. Louis native in its annual fundraiser.

"She was one of the first poets I came across when I was in middle school," says Jason Vasser, who is organizing the event April 26 at the Probstein clubhouse in Forest Park.

"We want to bring our community together around one of our St. Louis poets," Vasser says of the woman who has her own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Appetizers, drinks and live music will be part of the event. Included in this year's program are St. Louis poet laureate Michael Castro, poets Shirley Bradley LeFlore and Shane Seely, and members of the E.B. Redmond Writers Group. Dancer Dee Leatherberry will perform during a reading by a spoken word artist, Tasha Archie. Artwork and books will be auctioned. Ten percent of proceeds will go to Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's scholarship fund.

Angelou "loved to fete & be feted, to be taken serious/ly in a light [hearted] way," a longtime friend, Eugene B. Redmond, said by email. "Hence, she'd have loved the celebration . . . poetry & her adopted sisters, the AKA's, she'd be wild about it."

As in past years, when the Poetry Center has celebrated legends such as W.B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas, a number of people will read. Some of the readings may be original works inspired by Angelou.

Although Angelou published at least a dozen volumes of poetry, she was best-known for her first autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

The 1969 book spent two years on The New York Times best-seller list and has never gone out of print. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

St. Louis Poetry Center Celebrates Maya Angelou: Star, Icon, Woman
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.