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Awaking in New York

by Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Poet Bio

Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and has received 3 Grammy Awards. President Clinton requested that she compose a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993. Dr. Angelou's reading of her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" was broadcast live around the world.

Artist Bio

William Low is an award winning painter and illustrator. Many of his original paintings are on permanent view around the country.  In 2011, Low was commissioned by MTA Arts & Design to create A Day In Parkchester, a faceted glass installation featuring two picturesque day and night views of the neighborhood for the elevated Parkchester subway station on the no. 6 line in the Bronx.

Low has published several children’s picture books. He is currently a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in the undergraduate program.




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