The Poetry Project

Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall is photographed speaking into a microphone at a podium wearing turquoise earrings.
© Barbara Byers

Margaret Randall (New York) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist. She has published more than 150 books of poetry, essay and oral history. Among her most recent poetry collections are: The Morning After: Poetry and Prose for a Post-Truth World, Against Atrocity and Time's Language: Selected Poems 1959-2018 (all from Wings Press). A forthcoming collection, Out of Violence into Poetry, will be released by Wings in fall 2021. Randall lived in Latin America for 23 years (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua). In 2019 she was given the "Poet of Two Hemispheres" award by Poesía en Paralelo Cero, Quito, Ecuador. That same year Cuba's Casa de las Américas gave her its prestigious Haydée Santamaría medal. A memoir, I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary, was published by Duke University Press in Spring 2020 and My Life in 100 Objects by New Village Press the same year. Wings Press released her Starfish on a Beach: The Pandemic Poems as we continue to be plagued by the coronavirus. In March 2020 AWP named her recipient of the year of its George Garrett Award and in June Chapman University awarded her its Paulo Freire Prize.