Maya Angelou born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928, is an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known as a poet for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed of her best and famous poems: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie. Here are featured some of her most popular great poems along with her best poem Phenomenal Woman and others.