Biogrpahy of Female Author Maya Angelou Uploaded by sls465 on Apr 19, 2007Biogrpahy of Female Author Maya Angelou Maya Angelou is one of the most moving, talented writers of our time. She has so many sides to her as a person that play into her writing and teachings. I have for a long time revered the lady for her passion and ability to portray feeling in words to her reader. I was turned on to her as a writer after I readsome of her poems, and then I grasped an understanding of her personal story when I read her best selling autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. She was named Marguerite Johnson and changed her name in her early twenties after her first performance as a dancer. She was born into a two parent home until her parents divorced when she was three. Her brother, Bailey, and she were sent to live with her grandmother in Arkansas. Stamps, Arkansas and her grandmother taught her a lot of life’s lessons. There she learned what a black girl’s world was held by. Maya experienced many hardships while growing up. One of her biggest dreams during her childhood was to have long blonde hair.