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.

Coming Home: Peace Without Complacency

Because of opinions expressed in several of my books, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service ordered me deported in October of 1985. The government invoked the 1952 McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act, accusing me of "being against the good order and happiness of the United States." I was represented by The Center for Constitutional Rights, and many writers, artists, public officials, academics, students, union and religious people rallied to my cause. In August of (...)

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  • El Corno Emplumado 24

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #24 included Ezra Pound in Jose Coronel Urtecho and Ernesto Cardenal beautiful Spanish translations, the Haitian Rene Depestre in Elinor Randall’s English translation, Clayton Eshleman, Diane Wakoski, Fernando Alegria, Phil Garrison, Julio Cortazar, Thomas Merton and many others. Visual (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 25

    , by Margaret Randall

    Our first issue of 1968 featured Jose Coronel Urtecho and Ernesto Cardenal’s excellent translations of William Carlos Williams, poetic tributes to Ernesto "Che" Guevara by Nicolas Guillen and Margaret, a small anthology of new Chilean poetry—Cecilia Vicuna, Claudio Bertonio and Marcelo Charlin, (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 23

    , by Margaret Randall

    Almost since the beginning, El Corno had contact with Cuban poets and artists. In January, 1967 we visited the island for the first time, to attend El encuentro con Ruben Dario, a meeting of poets and critics honoring the 100th anniversary of the great Nicaraguan modernist. We brought back a (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 18

    , by Margaret Randall

    Our issue #18 showcased contemporary Mexican poetry in a completely bilingual facing-page edition. This took a great deal of work, but we lived among these poets and felt a deep need to make their work available beyond their borders. Among the 14 featured poets were Octavio Paz, Juan Martinez, (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 17

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #17 was our fourth anniversary issue. Sergio Mondragon and Margaret had just returned from a U.S. reading tour, and had seen first-hand how important the journal was to generations of young poets.
    This issue’s cover bore a photograph by Mexico’s Rodrigo Moya, showing U.S. Marines in the (...)

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