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Awaking in New York

Awaking in New York

Dr. Maya Angelou, Poet • William Low, Artist

About the Poet

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

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

Angelou died in 2014.

About the Artist

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 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.