The Poetry Foundation, publisher of POETRY magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
This year, we're taking a look back at the women who helped us get to where we are today. From early activists and suffragists to modern-day politicians and CEOs, the accomplishments of these women helped pave the way for all who came after them.
A renaissance woman who approached her work with glee and fervor, Dr. Maya Angelou was the true example of a life well-lived. As we celebrate her what would have been her 88th birthday, here are 11 surprising facts about Maya Angelou's extraordinary journey.