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Latest addition : 22 December 2015.

Fragment of poetry reading at Bihl Haus, San Antonio, January 2015. Video made by Tania Romero. Thank you, Tania!

Poetry reading at the University of Arizona in Tucson, February 13, 2014:

My brand new book on Che Guevara, CHE ON MY MIND, is just out! See cover and details at:

Doug Valentine interviews Margaret Randall for Counterpunch:

Jonah Raskin also interviewed me about CHE ON MY MIND. Read his piece in The Rag at:

My new single-poem chapbook, DAUGHTER OF LADY JAGUAR SHARK, is just out from Wings Press. Once again, Bryce Milligan has produced a gem of an edition; he designed, hand-printed, and hand-bound the little volume that also contains 15 full-color images. It can be ordered directly from the publisher at:

My most recent collection of essays, MORE THAN THINGS, is just out from University of Nebraska Press. You can order at:

AS US February 14 issue just out, with many great contributions:

UTNE READER features BORDER SONGS: A COLLECTION OF MUSIC AND SPOKEN WORD (an exciting new CD to benefit No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes). At the following link you can hear Glenn Weyant’s sound engineering accompanying my reading of "Offended Turf":

Read poems by me and others at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact

Sound engineer and all-around genius Glenn Weyant was in Albuquerque for the Cultural Conference 2012. He taped me reading my Wings Press chapbook, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HER?, then set the recording to his haunting music. You can listen to the collaboration at:

Panel on the Borderlands, held at Barnard College, New York, in September of 2011

Read my "Coyote Grin" in PERSIMMON TREE, an on-ling literary magazine for women over sixty (the writers are over sixty, the readers of all ages!). Go to

Richard Vargas interviews Margaret Randall prior to launching of Margaret’s new book RUINS (The University of New Mexico Press) at Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, Sunday, August 13, 2011. To read the interview, published in The Duke City Fix: click here

To order a copy of my new bilingual limited edition of AS IF THE EMPTY CHAIR / COMO SI LA SILLA VACIA, just out from Wings Press, go to:

To hear Margaret Randall and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz at La Peña in Berkeley, California, March 23, 2011, Talk on Cuba, go to and click on the recording. This was made possible by The Women’s Desk at Making Contact.

Go to New Mexico Poets Page:

View new five-minute short version of the film about EL CORNO EMPLUMADO / THE PLUMED HORN here:

Read "Offended Turf," my poem about the border experience, and see three photographs from the border area at

  • Esto sucede cuando el corazon de una mujer se rompe

    Después de la pérdida de Granada estabas indignada, abatida de pesar. Tanto Goliat para tan vulnerable David. En Trinidad, el recuerdo de tu paisaje te abrió a las mujeres, a ti misma. Cuando hablas nos abarcas con tus dedos finos, color de café pálido bajo la luz distante del atril, luego sonríes y nos previenes contra la metáfora del cuerpo femenino como playa o palmera.
    Jícama cruda. Luciérnaga. Yo conozco esta historia, no olvido mi propia (...)
  • The Price You Pay: The Hidden Cost of Women’s Relationship to Money

    The Egg Route (fragment)
    " . . . the entity called the family—that battleground, open wound, haven and theater of the absurd, which dominates each human childhood." —Adrienne Rich
    "Interdependency between women is the way to a freedom which allows the I to be, not in order to be used, but in order to be creative. This is a difference between the passive be and the active being." —Audre Lorde
    "Oh he was (...)
  • Hunger’s Table: Women, Food & Politics

    Grape Pie
    This pie calls for 4 cups blue grapes and asks that skillful fingers slip the pulp from their skins. It requires you cook the lush mass until its seeds loosen, and begs you keep your fantasies in check.
    Press cooked pulp through a colander to remove but save the seeds. Your breathing stumbles now, mouth dries, thighs tingle and body moves gently back and forth.
    Now combine the pulp, seeds, 3/4 cup sugar 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon grated orange rind and (...)
  • Sandino’s Daughters: Testimonies of Nicaraguan Women in Struggle

    Introduction to the Rutgers Edition
    Since 1981, when this book first appeared in English, Nicaragua’s history has moved quickly and been tumultuous enough so that some will ask: are these stories still relevant? Those who have read or heard of them will quickly respond: now more than ever. Since Rutgers’ 1994 publication of a sequel, there has been renewed interest in the original volume—some 30,000 copies-strong but several years out of print. Among my titles, it continues to be the (...)
  • Sandino’s Daughters Revisited: Feminism in Nicaragua

    "I believe that in the case of Latin America, and particularly in our own case, the women’s movement must combine the struggle for gender emancipation with that of national liberation. Neither can be subordinated; rather, each must be included with the other. There is no contradiction between anti-imperialism and equality."
    Sofia Montenegro
  • Las hijas de Sandino: una historia abierta

    Capitulo 13 SOFIA MONTENEGRO
    "¿Quién iba a confiar en una Montenegro?"
    Sofía Montenegro no aparece en Todas Estamos Despiertas. Cuando yo llegué a Nicaragua, justo después del triunfo de la victoria revolucionaria de 1979, su nombre no era uno de los que escuchaba mencionar repetidamente mientras iba de un sitio a otro, de una mujer a otra, escuchando historias extraordinarias de fuerza y participación y siempre preguntando quien más estaba dispuesta a compartir su historia. Y sin embargo, Sofía (...)
  • This Is About Incest

    Rain almost hides my mountains today. Low clouds snag the rocky skirts. Colors of rain and clouds clean everything.
    I speak of the rain, the clouds, the living colors of this land because it seems impossible
    to cut this silence with the words my grandfather was a sick and evil man posing as healer.
    Now I retrieve his hands and eyes his penis filling my tiny infant mouth as he forced himself into a body, mine,
    that still finds reason easier than feeling. This is the (...)
  • Dancing with the Doe

    Joel Oppenheimer, 1930-1988
    The strong wife of my firstborn’s father calls to tell us it’s time. Tomorrow or the next day a week at most. He talks and is not in pain, has prepared well to die.
    And you? I ask. There’s no preparing . . . I search for words. Come on, you’re the poet, she challenges my craft, laughs. Tears gripping this wire between women who have never met.
    The children’s visit meant so much, tell them they’re stuck with me... Her voice is warm from New Hampshire’s first (...)
  • Our Voices / Our Lives: Stories of Women from Central America and the Caribbean

    Invasion and Resistance: Guatemalan Women Speak (fragment)
    Our arrival in Guatemala City brings us up hard against a state of colloquial violence that pervades earth, air, people’s eyes. A tourist may come and go and never see it. This is clear to me much later when, meeting a friend for tea at one of the elegant hotels in Zone Ten, I watch families with matched luggage and surf boards in the lobby. But now we emerge from a couple of hours flying over land that holds the (...)
  • Walking to the Edge: Essays of Resistance

    "We cannot develop and print a memory." —Henri Cartier-Bresson Can I call it Alice’s story? All I knew were a few of the corners, tangled years sloughed off in memory.
    Alice was a big woman. Stately, large-boned: those would have been the words used by people for whom it was all right to be big. A few might have said Amazonian. We were raised in an era of pinched waists. (...)

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