Maya Angelou to be Awarded Mailer Lifetime Acheivement Award

Angelou was also awarded an honorary National Book Award earlier this month, making this her second major literary prize of the year.

By Von Diaz Sep 30, 2013

Celebrated author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou has been awarded two major literary awards this year. Earlier this month the National Book Foundation announced that Angelou will receive the 2013 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, her first major prize. Last Thursday, the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony announced they would be awarding Angelou a lifetime acheivement award. Author Junot Díaz is also being honored with a distinguished writing prize by the Mailer Center this year.

Best known for her influential autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which paved the way for generations of writers to explore issues of race, gender, and sexual violence, Angelou published her seventh autobiography titled "Mom & Me & Momthis year at age 85.