Dr. Maya Angelou made literary history as the first African-American woman to write a nonfiction best-seller. “Still I Rise” combines Dr. Angelou’s mastery of words and storytelling with her conviction about “the nobleness of the human spirit, despite it all," resulting in one of the most inspiring poems ever written. Hear it in her own voice:
"I wanted to incorporate her visual references to things that rise in the artwork, to increase the power behind her words. She chose really strong elements and my hope was that the abstract and somewhat severe drawings would increase that strength and imagery. My goal was also to have the waves turn into the clouds so the whole piece flows seamlessly."
— Storiarts' Founder, Tori Tissell, on designing the Still I Rise Book Scarf
"I’d like to be remembered as a woman who wrote; who loved the language. Loved human beings enough to try to use the language beautifully to say some good things. To lift us up."
Have you seen the recently released feature documentary on the life of Dr. Angelou? It includes fascinating background on how she became a writer who won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration.