University of Pittsburgh
October 5, 2005

Pitt Program Council to Host an Evening With Maya Angelou Nov. 1

Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Hailed as a renaissance woman and one of the great voices of contemporary literature, Maya Angelou will be featured in a University of Pittsburgh Pitt Program Council event at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Tickets for An Evening With Maya Angelou are $8 for Pitt students with a valid Pitt I.D. and $22 plus service charge for all others. They can be purchased in the William Pitt Union ticket office (check or money order only); at all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's and select Giant Eagles; charged by phone at 412-333-1919; or online at

Pitt students must show a Pitt I.D. when purchasing tickets and upon entry to the Carnegie Music Hall. Anyone presenting a student ticket for admission without a valid Pitt student I.D. will be charged an extra $20 admission fee. For more information, visit the Web site or call 412-648-7900.

Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. She is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer, and director.

She was among the first African American women to hit the bestsellers lists with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House, 1970), a chronicle of her life up to age 16, which won critical acclaim and was a special on CBS Television. Her book of poetry Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie (Random House, 1971) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and On the Pulse of Morning, written at President Clinton's request for his inauguration in 1993, was published by Random House in March 1993. Angelou also

is the author of several children's books, including Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1993), My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me (Clarkson Potter, 1994), and Kofi and His Magic (Clarkson Potter, 1996). Her most recent books are A Song Flung Up to Heaven (Random House, 2002), which made The New York Times Best Seller List for Hardcover Nonfiction, and Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes (Random House, 2004).

A lifetime Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina since 1981, Angelou lectures throughout the United States and abroad.