UPDATE — Nationally renowned poet Maya Angelou is recovering from a brief illness that forced her to cancel a planned speech in Texas.
Angelou's lecture agent David LaCamera said Tuesday the 83-year-old poet was set to speak on Wednesday but came down with an illness that left her in the hospital for three days.
LaCamera says Angelou is resting at home in Winston-Salem, N.C., and can't travel. He says her doctor told her that she's on the road a lot and has to cool it for a few days.
LaCamera declined to describe the nature of the illness that kept Angelou hospitalized until her release on Saturday.
Angelou had been scheduled to speak at Texas Women's University in Denton.
*THIS IS AN UPDATE TO PREVIOUS AP COVERAGE BELOW.*
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Officials at a North Texas university have canceled a Wednesday appearance by poet Maya Angelou, citing illness.
A spokeswoman for Texas Woman's University says it has no details on Angelou's illness. A statement on the university's website says it hopes to reschedule the appearance for this semester.
Messages left at Angelou's Wake Forest University office in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the offices of her literary agent and her representative for speaking engagements were not returned. Her assistant did not immediately respond to an email.
The 83-year-old poet is hosting a radio special on the civil rights era airing on public radio stations across the U.S.
Last year, President Barack Obama presented Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also has received the Presidential Medal of Arts and the Lincoln Medal.
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