Maya Angelou Phenomenal WomanAs you probably know by now we lost Maya Angelou today at the age of 86. Angelou was truly a Renaissance woman. Besides being a notable writer and poet (her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a must-read), Angelou was also a professor, actress, calypso singer, activist and so much more. The New York Times obituary is a lovely tribute to this talented and unique woman. The New Yorker pays homage to the remarkable woman with some photographs. And here are 13 essential Maya Angelou quotes.

The upcoming Q & A with Lisa Mattson about her novel Exes in My iPod is getting some local buzz from both OnMilwaukee and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Go Lisa (and my friend Kristine, of course).

What did you do by the time you finished middle school? Brooklyn teen Angela Content has authored two books!

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If Dolly Parton didn’t exist we’d have to invent her. What a wonderfully giving woman.