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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: Yucatán II: Uxmal

05. March 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Yucatán II: Uxmal

Epitomizing the region's architectural style, Uxmal remains one of the most important archaeological sites for study of Maya culture.

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The Age of Lies

04. March 2015

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By Margaret Randall

If there is human life one hundred years from now, and analysts refer to our time, it may well be dubbed the Age of Lies like the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason. Going much farther back into the mist of prehistory, they may call it the Period of Lies, like the Cretaceous or Jurassic. Of course for this to happen those analysts would have to retain some understanding of what constitutes truth and how to sort impressive advertising from what really was. This may be difficult because lies beget lies and the habit of truth is (sometimes permanently) eroded...

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Gone Fishing — New Works by Heidi Pollard

27. February 2015

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By Margaret Randall

Local artist Heidi Pollard has seventeen new gouaches at The Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE. The show opened February 6th and will be up through the end of March. The small but alive and evocative images shouldn’t be missed; viewers are welcome from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or during the Outpost’s regularly scheduled performances.

In contrast with most spaces that are not designed specifically as galleries, The Outpost is a good place to see art. It shows this work off to its best advantage, the pristine gray walls really popping the luminous colors....

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Friday Voyage: Yucatán, Part 1: Chichén Itzá

26. February 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Yucatán, Part 1: Chichén Itzá

Margaret Randall begins a series on the Yucatán with this ancient metropolis, home to over 200,000 people in the ancient world.

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The Role of Small Presses in Fortifying Literature

20. February 2015

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By Margaret Randall The Role of Small Presses in Fortifying Literature

San Antonio-based Wings Press and other regional small presses offer relevance and empowerment in the face of conservative backlash. 

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What Happens When We Don’t Remember: Tlatelolco

12. February 2015

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By Margaret Randall What Happens When We Don’t Remember: Tlatelolco

Witnessing a political massacre and the surreal experience of walking through a museum dedicated to it. 

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Frida’s Bathroom: A Contested Space

06. February 2015

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By Margaret Randall Frida’s Bathroom: A Contested Space

A locked room gives a glimpse into the mystery, complexity and strength of a Mexican icon.

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Goodbye, Tony

31. January 2015

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By Margaret Randall

Albuquerque, New Mexico, the world of justice, and poetry lost E. A. “Tony” Mares just after noon on January 30, 2015. Tony was gentle and kind but tough and righteous when the situation called for those qualities. With deep roots in this land and its people, his scholarship extended to Spain and Mexico in search of early events and figures of relevance; and showed up in his prolific poetry, articles, and in the memories of generations of grateful students...

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Friday Voyage: Mexico City

30. January 2015

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By Margaret Randall Friday Voyage: Mexico City

The Aztecs called it Tenochtitlán; and the city that rose from a lake is still slowly revealing its ancient secrets to a modern metropolis. 

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‘I, the worst of all women’

22. January 2015

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By Margaret Randall ‘I, the worst of all women’

The life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the brilliant and defiant 17th century religious sister and author who's become a feminist icon. 

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