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Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall (1936) was born in New York City but grew up in Albuquerque and lived half of her adult life in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua. When she returned to the U.S. in 1984 she was ordered deported under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality's McCarran-Walter Act. The government alleged that her writings, "went against the good order and happiness of the United States." She won her case in 1989.

She is a local poet who reads nationally and internationally. Among her recent books of poetry are My Town, As If The Empty Chair / Como Si La Silla Vacia, and The Rhizome As A Field of Broken Bones, all from Wings Press, San Antonio, Texas. A feminist poet's reminiscence of Che Guevara, Che On My Mind, is just out from Duke University Press, a new collection of essays, More Than Things, is out from The University of Nebraska Press, and Daughter of Lady Jaguar Shark, a single long-poem with 15 photographs, is now available from Wings. Her most recent poetry collection is About Little Charlie Lindbergh (also from Wings Press).

Randall resides in Albuquerque with her partner, the painter Barbara Byers, and travels widely to read and lecture. You can find out more about Margaret, her writings and upcoming readings at, www.margaretrandall.org.


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Friday Voyage: Mary Colter’s Grand Canyon Gem

30. April 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Mary Colter’s Grand Canyon Gem

Margaret Randall explores Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter's architectural wonder.

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The Phillips Collection: A Modern Art Destination

24. April 2015

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By Margaret Randall The Phillips Collection: A Modern Art Destination

Margaret Randall explores one of the premiere art viewing experiences in the country. 

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Elaine de Kooning Paints a Portrait

17. April 2015

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By Margaret Randall Elaine de Kooning Paints a Portrait

The trailblazing Abstract Expressionist gets some long overdue recognition for her art, and her place in feminist history.

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Thank You, Eduardo Galeano

14. April 2015

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By Margaret Randall

Brilliant thinker and writer Eduardo Galeano died of lung cancer yesterday (Monday, April 13, 2015) in his native Uruguay. He was 74. Throughout Latin America his books defined generations. Here he may best be remembered for having written The Open Veins of Latin America, the book that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez stepped forward and placed in Barack Obama’s hands during the latter’s first meeting with the continent’s presidents in 2009...

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Visualizing Albuquerque

13. April 2015

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By Margaret Randall Visualizing Albuquerque

Margaret Randall reviews the Albuquerque Museum focus of the larger citywide exhibition, On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design.

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Poetry Finds a Future: Women of the World Poetry Slam

02. April 2015

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By Margaret Randall Poetry Finds a Future: Women of the World Poetry Slam

A celebration of the female voice in the Duke City.

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Friday Voyage: Yucatán V: Mérida’s Great Museum of the Maya World

28. March 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Yucatán V: Mérida’s Great Museum of the Maya World

Margaret Randall concludes her Yucatán series with a look at one of Mexico's many stellar museums.

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Friday Voyage: Yucatán, Part 4: Celestún Biosphere Reserve

19. March 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Yucatán, Part 4: Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Beautiful wildlife and a tale from beyond the horizon as Margaret Randall continues her Journey through the Yucatán peninsula.

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Friday Voyage: Yucatán, Part 3: Ruta Puuc and Dzibilohaltún

13. March 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Yucatán, Part 3: Ruta Puuc and Dzibilohaltún

Margaret Randall explores the lesser known and lesser traveled ruins of the Yucatán.

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International Women’s Day 2015

08. March 2015

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By Margaret Randall

Those who know me know that March 8th, International Women’s Day is, of all the year’s holidays, the one that most deeply claims my attention and my heart. This began in the 1970s, when I lived in Cuba and the date was widely celebrated. For years now, I’ve written an open letter—sent to the women I know, and also to the men I believe are truly concerned with women’s rights.

This year, as I sat down to compose my letter, I happened to glance at the front page of the International New York Times. Three headlines grabbed my attention...

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