10 Questions for Maya Angelou

Poet, author, dancer and Grammy winner Maya Angelou on her unusual mother, country music and Star Trek

Peter Hapak for TIME

Maya Angelou

Mom & Me & Mom is your seventh autobiography. How many more will you write?
I'll be celebrating my 85th birthday [on April 4]. I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I'll probably be writing when the Lord says, "Maya, Maya Angelou, it's time."

Your mother sent you away when you were 3 and — except for a brief period with her when you were 7 and her boyfriend raped you — you didn't see her again until you were 13. Yet this book is full of love for her. How did that happen?
I didn't know...

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