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Hurray for Maya Angelou!

By Harriet Staff

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Huffington Post reports that Maya Angelou will be the 2013 recipient of the Literarian Award. The Literarian Award is given by the National Book Foundation, for “contributions to the literary community.” Whew! Congratulations, Ms. Angelou!

The poet and author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” will be this year’s recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

Speaking by telephone with The Associated Press on Thursday, Angelou said she couldn’t wait to be in the same room as “some very big names in the literary world” and that the Literarian prize made her feel that she was “picking in high cotton.”

“Dr. Angelou’s body of work transcends the words on the page,” the book foundation’s executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a statement. “She has been on the front lines of history and the fight for social justice and decade after decade remains a symbol of the redemptive power of literature in the contemporary world.”

Read more at Huffington Post.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, September 6th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.