Please join us for two events with poet, translator and social activist Margaret Randall: a reading and book discussion on Monday, April 24, and a reading on Tuesday, April 25.
Margaret Randall (New York, 1936) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua). From 1962 to 1969 she and Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón co-edited El Corno Emplumado (The Plumed Horn), a bilingual literary quarterly that published some of the best new work of the sixties.
When Randall came home in 1984, the government ordered her deported because it found some of her writing to be "against the good order and happiness of the United States." With the support of writers and others, she won her case in 1989.
Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Randall taught at several universities, most often Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Randall's most recent titles include "My Town," "As If the Empty Chair" ("Como Si La Silla Vacia"), "The Rhizome as a Field of Broken Bone" and "Daughter of Lady Jaguar Shark" (all poetry, all from Wings Press, San Antonio), "Che On My Mind" (a feminist poet's reminiscence of Che Guevara, published by Duke University Press) and "More Than Things" (essays, from The University of Nebraska Press).
Her latest collection of poems, "She Becomes Time," appeared from Wings in summer 2016. "Haydee Santamaria, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression" is recently out from Duke as is a large bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry, "Only the Road" ("Solo El Camino").
Randall lives in New Mexico with her partner (now wife) of almost 30 years, the painter Barbara Byers, and she travels extensively to read, lecture and teach.
Sponsored by the Robert P. Hubbard Professorship in Poetry and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
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