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Selected Correspondence of Margaret Randall

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Randall, Margaret, 1936-

Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer, and social activist.

She was born in New York City on December 6, 1936. She emigrated to Mexico in 1961 and married Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón. In 1962, Randall and Mondragón co-founded El Corno Emplumado ( The Plumed Horn), a bilingual literary journal that translated and published mainly avant-garde and "Beat Generation" works by authors from Mexico, other parts of Latin America, and the United States. The journal published works by Ernesto Cardenal, Claudio Bertonio, Alan Trachtenberg, Anselm Hollo, Homero Aridjis, Cecilia Vicuna, Nicanor Parra, Gonzalo Rojas, Enrique Lihn, Jorge Teillier, Waldo Rojas, Alejandra Pizarnik, Raquel Jodorowsky, and featured artwork from David Alfaro Siqueiros, Leonora Carrington, Juan Soriano, Rini Templeton, and Elaine de Kooning. El Corno Emplumado also published approximately 20 books of poetry. Issue #28 was released in October 1968 in the midst of the Tlatelolco Massacre, a violent military attack against university students that left hundreds dead. The editorial's defense of the student protests resulted in the loss of subsidized government funding and the journal was forced to close after the publication of issue #31 in 1969.

Randall relocated to Cuba from 1969 to 1980, and then to Nicaragua from 1980 to 1984. During this time, Randall focused her poetry and writing on feminism and women's issues in socialist and revolutionary society. She published several anthologies, collections of poetry and oral histories including Carlota: Prose & Poems from Havana (1978), Sandino's Daughters: Testimonies of Nicaraguan Women in Struggle (1981), Breaking the Silences: An Anthology of 20th-Century Poetry by Cuban Women (1982), A Poetry of Resistance: Selected Poems and Prose from Central America (1984).

In 1984, she attempted to immigrate back to the United States, but was met with deportation when the government invoked the 1952 McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act. Under the act, the government claimed Randall's opinions and ideology expressed in several of her books were "against the good order and happiness of the United States." Randall's struggle to reinstate her citizenship became a five year battle. She won a Board of Immigration Appeals case in 1989 ordering the INS to grant her adjustment of status to permanent residence. In 1990 she was awarded the Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant for writers victimized by political repression; and in 2004 she was the first recipient of PEN New Mexico's Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism.

From 1984 through 1994 she taught at a number of universities including Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, the University of New Mexico, Macalester College, and the University of Delaware. She continues to publish poetry and writes extensively on the subjects of feminism, the Cuban Revolution, and the Sandinista Revolution. Among her publications include Walking to the Edge: Essays of Resistance (1991), Gathering Rage (1992), Something's Wrong with the Cornfields (2011), Che on My Mind (2013), Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary (2015), and Exporting Revolution: Cuba's Global Solidarity (2017), among others.

She married artist Barbara Byers in 2013 and currently lives in Albuquerque.

Consists of correspondence (1977-1999) that reflects a wide selection of Latin American, primarily Cuban, poets, writers, journalists, editors, and friends. The correspondents include Ruth Behar, Antonio Castro, Robert Cohen, Alex Fleites, Francisco Garzón Céspedes, Dan Georgakas, Marian McDonald, Sergio Mondragón, Michele Najlis, Victor Núñez Rodríguez, Arnaldo Orfila Reynal, Mirta Yáñez, and Daisy Zamora. Their letters discuss literary topics, gay and lesbian issues, and other social and political issues of the times. Some letters include poems, articles, photographs, and clippings. Also included are subject files, articles, and printed matter relating to Cuba and Nicaragua. This collection offers insight into the social and political issues of contemporary Latin America.

A few of the 42 correspondents are Ruth Behar, Antonio Castro, Robert Cohen, Alex Fleites, Francisco Garzón Céspedes, Dan Georgakas, Marian McDonald, Sergio Mondragón, Michele Najlis, Victor Rodríguez Núñez, Arnaldo Orfila Reynal, Mirta Yáñez, and Daisy Zamora. Also included are Randall's subject files (1977-1999) on Cuba and Nicaragua, containing miscellaneous correspondence, articles, and printed matter.

The collection has been arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject, and then chronologically within each folder. Miscellaneous correspondence is arranged alphabetically in a group folder by country name, and then chronologically. A list of correspondents by nationality is located after the box and folder inventory.

Purchased from the author in 1999.

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This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2003. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2003.

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Finding Aid Author
Karla J. Vecchia
Finding Aid Date
2003
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Collection Inventory

Agosín, Marjorie (1955- ) [Chilean], 1993-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Arenal, Electa [Mexican-American], 1978-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Behar, Ruth (1956- ) [Cuban-American], 1995-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Behar, Ruth: "The Vulnerable Observer," TMs, 1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Behar, Ruth: "Woman to Woman," TMs, 1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Castillo, Ana (1953- ) [Mexican-American], 1994-1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Castro, Antonio [Colombian], 1979-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Castro, Antonio, 1991-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cohen, Robert [American], 1978-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cuba: Articles & Printed Matter, 1991-1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cuba: Correspondence (Miscellaneous), 1977-1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cuba: Correspondence (Miscellaneous), 1982-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dalton, Roque, (1933-1975) [Salvadoran], dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dalton, Margarita, et al., 1977-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Editorial Extemporáneos [Mexico], 1978-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Editorial Nueva [Nicaragua], 1981-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Elman, Richard (1934- ) [American], 1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Feijoo, Samuel (1914- ) [Cuban], 1978-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fernández Retamar, Roberto (1930- ) [Cuban], 1992-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fleites, Alex [Cuban], 1981-1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Galeano, Eduardo (1940- ) [Uruguyan], 1981-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Garzón Céspedes, Francisco (1947- ) [Cuban], 1981-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Georgakas, Dan (1938- ) [American], 1978-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Georgakas, Dan (Smyrna Press), 1986-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Gravina, María [Uruguyan], 1986-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Gutiérrez, Judith [Ecuadorian], 1981-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Martín, Juan Luis [Cuban], 1978-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McDonald, Marian [Puerto Rican?], 1978-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McDonald, Marian, 1985-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McDonald, Marian, 1990-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Meyer, Eugenia [Mexican], 1978-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miselem, Nora [Honduran], 1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Mondragón, Sergio (1935- ) [Mexican], 1977-1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morejón, Nancy (1944- ) [Cuban], 1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Murillo, Rosario (1951- ) [Nicaraguan], 1982-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Najlis, Michele (1946- ) [Nicaraguan], 1984-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nava, Thelma (1931- ) [Mexican], 1978-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nicaragua: Correspondence (Miscellaneous), 1980-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nicaragua: Correspondence (Miscellaneous), 1990-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nicaragua: Articles by Margaret Randall, 1979-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nicaragua: Articles (Miscellaneous), 1981-1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nicaragua: Printed Matter, 1980s-1990s. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ochoa, Mayda (1945- ) [Cuban], 1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Orillo, Winston [Peruvian], 1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Orfila Reynal, Arnaldo [see Siglo XXI], dates not examined. 1 item.
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1 item

Pasmanick, Philip [American], 1982-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pasmanick, Philip, 1988-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Peña, Angel [Cuban], 1978-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Rodríguez Núñez, Victor (1955- ) [Cuban], 1987-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Rodríguez Núñez, Victor, 1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Rodríguez Núñez, Victor, 1997-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Salado, Minerva (1944- ) [Cuban], 1996-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sánchez Ochoa, Magaly (1940- ) [Cuban], 1979-1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Santos Moray, Mercedes (1944- ) [Cuban], 1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Santos Moray, Mercedes: "El Monte de Venus," TMs, 1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Siglo XXI, Veintiuno Editores [Mexico], dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Orfila Reynal, Arnaldo [Mexican], 1978-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Viezzer, Moema [Brazilian], 1979-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wald, Karen [American], 1978-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wald, Karen, 1996-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Winegardner, Jill (1953- ) [American], 1995-1996 June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Winegardner, Jill, 1996 July-December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Winegardner, Jill, 1997-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Yáñez, Mirta (1947- ) [Cuban], 1991-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Zamora, Bladimir (1952- ) [Cuban], 1978-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Zamora, Daisy (1950- ) [Nicaraguan], 1985-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Zamora, Daisy, 1991-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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