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 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.

El Corno Emplumado 29

Contributions to El Corno #29 include Margaret Randall’s translations of poems by Leon Felipe, an essay in both Spanish and English by innovative U.S. architect Buckminster Fuller, and work by Victor Coleman, Larry Eigner, Fernanda Navarro, Rodolfo Walsh, Denise Levertov, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Octavio Paz, and Arrabal (translated by Bertha Navarro). Dan Georgakas interviewed an anonymous Italian marxist on Franz Fanon.
A portfolio of Laurence Siegel’s photographs of Mexico, drawings by (...)

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  • El Corno Emplumado 3

    , by Margaret Randall

    Now the journal was making a name for itself. The typographical covers, with the publication’s name in continuous script across the top and the issue’s contributor’s names in continuous script along the bottom, each in its own bright color, began to be familiar to readers far and wide.
    El Corno (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 2

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno’s first issue quickly established its authenticity—the promise that we would publish quarterly and that the journal’s pages would serve poetry rather than the other way around. Now, instead of our trying to convince people we were serious about producing a literary journal, they began to (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 12

    , by Margaret Randall

    With El Corno #12, it was time for another full-length book, and it was the turn of a Spanish-language poet to be featured in this way. This time we published Aji Tojen by Peruvian Raquel Jodorowsky—who had been close to the journal since its inception. The issue’s letter section was also (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 31

    , by Margaret Randall

    Following its defense of the 1968 Mexican Student Movement, El Corno had been struggling. We lost much of our financial support. Print shops were scared away from printing the journal. We ourselves were facing political reprisals and persecution, eventually forcing Margaret underground in the (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 26

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #26 had work by Ed Dorn, Jorge Seferis, Nathanial Tarn, Ernesto Cardenal, Roque Dalton, Luisa Pasamanik, Susan Sherman, Stephen Levine, Gonzalo Arango, Lizandro Chavez Alfaro, and John Berger, among others. We were doing book reviews by this time, and books by Tom Raworth, Lionel (...)

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