Poet Maya Angelou is, among other things, a novelist, playwright, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. She is a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was commissioned to write and read a poem for the 1993 presidential inauguration. Arist Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Haitian and Puerto Rican parents. His first artistic expressions were made and enjoyed as urban street art. Later he used more traditional artists' materials, winning fame and admiration in the art world. Basquiat died in 1988 at the age of 27. Editor Sara Jane Boyers shares her professional life between the entertainment industry and the art community. A television producer, collector of twentieth-century art, and mother of two, she created this, her first book, to introduce children and all readers to the best in literature and contemporary art.
"Originally published in 1993, this children's book is still as relevant as it ever was [...] For the 25th anniversary of its original publishing date, Life Doesn't Frighten Me has been re-released by Abrams Books. While Angelou claimed that she wrote the poem "for all children who whistle in the dark and who refuse to admit that they're frightened out of their wits", its staying power over the past two-and-a-half decades proves it's certainly relevant for any age." Dazed Digital "We celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Maya Angelou's book "Life Doesn't Frighten Me". Angelou's original poem, Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All, was published in 1978. In 1993 with the vision and creativity of Sara Jane Boyers the poem was paired with the work of the late American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat renown for his poetry, music, graffiti and paintings. "In the poem, her strong words of self-confidence and strength resounded when paired with Basquiat's passionate, expressive paintings. Today, 25 years after LIFE was first published, I am so proud and pleased that readers have treasured this book all these years. LIFE was the first book that I created, inspired by the language of painting, the art of the word and the conversations they instill in each of us." Sara Jane Boyers, Editor of LIFE Doesn't Frighten Me." Maya Angelou's newsletter