We are excited to welcome Margaret Randall for a reading and signing of her latest poetry collection, Home: Poems, and her latest essay collection, Luck.
Praise for Home: Poems
"From the plight of the homeless to the magnificence of Chaco Canyon, Margaret Randall surveys the meanings of 'home' in all its manifestations. This is a marvelous book, featuring the combination of sensitivity, insight, historical knowledge, and strength we have come to expect from Randall's work." — David Stephen Calonne, author of The Beats in Mexico
Praise for Luck
"With essays on everything from Aging to 9/11 to a manifesto/litany on Anger, from poetic meditations on the weather to memory itself, Truth is Margaret Randall's essential philosophy. She is there in the pantheon with Gwendolyn Brooks, June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, Wanda Coleman, Audre Lorde. Her humanity and humor, her comedy and tragedy, her activism and her love, all that Margaret Randall is, is the definition of a poet."— Bob Holman, poet, filmmaker, and founder of the Bowery Poetry Club
The legendary Margaret Randall's latest work shines as some of her finest poetry yet, with explorations of the many senses of home. As Sandra Cisneros says of this book: "Home is not something inherited, but an act as creative as writing a poem. This book is a homecoming. I celebrate with you."
Luck is a collection of essays covering such topics as memory, language, landscape, poetry, anger, sex, food, pandemics, war, violence, feminism, lies, imagination, death, power, identity, and of course luck. Some are full-blown explorations, others brief riffs. Some are prose poetry, others straightforward prose. The author combines scholarly research with personal experience, producing texts both intimate and illuminating. Always attentive to the world around her and the one within, Randall has brought us her most relevant and powerful essays to date.
Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, essayist, and oral historian with a long history of social activism (in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua, as well as the United States). More than 200 published books reflect her personal experience and generational struggles. She has also translated much poetry by others. In Mexico, she co-founded El Corno Emplumado, a bilingual journal that published more than 700 writers from 35 countries. Returning to the US in 1984, the government ordered her deported, claiming her writing subversive. She won her case in 1989. Among her recent awards are the Poet of Two Hemisphere Prize (Quito, Ecuador 2019) and the 2020 George Garrett Award given by AWP.