In Command of Her Craft

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On Wednesday, the writing world (and the world at large) lost literary luminary Maya Angelou.

In this 1990 interview with the Paris Review, the beloved American author and poet discussed her deep appreciation for the English language and shed light on her writing process.

But what I try to keep in mind mostly is my craft. That’s what I really try for; I try to allow myself to be impelled by my art—if that doesn’t sound too pompous and weird—accept the impulse and then try my best to have a command of the craft.


Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →