Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall
Photo by Jim Norrena
“Then I saw what the calling was :
it was the road I traveled”
- Muriel Rukeyser

My life and work have been profoundly informed by parents who gave me love and adventure, and encouraged creativity; the dramatic desert canyons, rich colors and open skies of the southwestern United States; Socialist ideals; the second wave of feminism; and the generous mentorship of many great friends and colleagues. My children, grandchildren, and great grandchild are always with me, even when far away; and my spouse Barbara is bedrock. New York’s abstract expressionist painters in the 1950s, Mexico and her struggles of the 1960s, the Cuban revolution’s second brave decade in the 1970s, the Vietnamese people’s struggle against US attack and occupation in that same decade, and the Sandinista attempt to change Nicaragua in the early 1980s were places and events that shaped me. The exploration of ancient sites continues to be a source of nourishment, and I have long been involved with oral tradition. I deeply believe in humanistic values, combating our culture of violence and greed, and art as a tool for change. I invite you to enter my website, learn about my books, read my poetry and look at my photographic images.

By Reynaldo García Blanco

HONORABLE ROQUE DALTON (REVISITED)
Honorable Roque Dalton, hell or heaven wherever you are we’ve been talking about you for a while. It rained in Medellin and the temperature was ten beers below zero. I despaired because my window looked out on the whores’ quarter and we were talking about Gramsci and Benny Moré as if there would never be another sky another crumb another Sorrowful Mother. Down there, history’s idiots make their stupid remarks, they’re saying not even Marx lasts a hundred years (...)

Most recent articles

Latest articles

  • Walking to the Edge: Essays of Resistance

    , by Margaret Randall

    ALICE AND CARLOS, THREE STORIES
    "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 (...)

  • Las hijas de Sandino: una historia abierta

    , by Margaret Randall

    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 (...)

  • 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 (...)

  • The Shape of Red: Insider / Outsider Reflections (with Ruth Hubbard)

    Introduction (fragment)
    We met in Nicaragua. Earlier, on a visit to Cuba, Ruth had tried to find Margaret and was told she had moved to Managua. Then, in 1983, both of us attended the meeting of artists and intellectuals hosted by the Sandinistas; some three hundred and fifty concerned (...)

  • Dentro de otro tiempo: reflejos del Gran Canon

    LO QUE OIGO
    Basketmaker, Anasazi, Cohonina, Sinagua y Paiute, voces que susurran a través de los deltas, pálidas sílabas, torcidas y estiradas con el peso del maíz y los frijoles, cargados por caminos escarpados hasta los graneros que se llenan por otro invierno y otro. Hasta que no hay más (...)

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