Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall
Photo by Juan Pérez
“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 grandchildren 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.

Walking to the Edge: Essays of Resistance

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 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. (...)

Most recent articles

Latest articles

  • This Is About Incest

    THE GREEN CLOTHES HAMPER
    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 (...)

  • Color

    Margaret’s color photos sample

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