By Katherine Lyon
Maya Angelou is the paradigm for a Renaissance woman. Childhood abuse and the later discovery of literature and poetry as a voice for her emotions became the catalyst for her celebrated autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Yet author and poet are only two of the talents on Angelou’s extensive résumé. She also is a playwright, historian, activist, producer and director, and has been cited as a role model by Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton. This month, Angelou is an educator, appearing May 12 in an interactive forum at the Civic Theatre. She shares lessons on the human spirit and offers messages of wisdom, hope and inspiration. Third Ave. at B St., 619-570-1100; www.ticketmaster.com.