Maya Angelou Receives Huge Literary Honor

News & Views | Camille Travis | 09/05/2013 | 12:45 PM EDT

Maya Angelou Receives Literarian Award

Maya Angelou is getting the writing props she so rightfully deserves.

The National Book Foundation announced Thursday that the 85-year-old author and poet is this year's recipient of the Literarian Award for her outstanding contributions to the literary community. She is recognized for her storied body of work that includes her most well-known project, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

"Dr. Angelou's body of work transcends the words on the page," said Harold Augenbraum, the foundation's executive director. "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."

Angelou spoke with The Associated Press upon receiving word of the honor, stating that she couldn't wait to be in the same room as "some very big names in the literary world" and that the prize made her feel that she was "picking in high cotton."

She will join fellow scribe E.L. Doctorow who will receive an honorary medal for his "contributions to American letters."

Modeling, now this? You go, Ms. Angelou.

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