Randall, Margaret, 1936-

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Randall moved to Cuba from the United States in 1969 to study the status of women there.

From the description of Essays, 1979, n.d. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007880

Randall has been a poet, editor, and author. She was born in New York but spent most of her adult life in Latin America, moving from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Mexico in 1961, then to Cuba in 1969, and from there to Nicaragua in 1980, returning to Albuquerque in 1984.

From the description of Selected correspondence of Margaret Randall, 1977-1999. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 177444942

Margaret Randall, American born writer, photographer, and activist was born in New York in 1936. Her life and works are grounded in action, resistance, and everyday life. Randall continues to live and write in Albuquerque, NM.

From the description of Papers, 1954-2000. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 48878531

Margaret Randall, American born writer, photographer, and activist was born in New York in 1936. Randall and her family moved to Albuquerque, NM when she was 11. She attended public schools in Albuquerque. Her father taught music and her mother worked as a translator. After high school, she attended the University of New Mexico for one year.

In 1955, Randall left Albuquerque for Europe. She lived in Spain for one year, followed by a move to New York City, where she pursued her writing career and participated in the beatnik movement. Prior to this move, she divorced her first husband. In 1960, Randall moved to Mexico City with her infant son. From 1960-1969, she lived in Mexico. She co-edited the literary magazine El Corno Emplumado from 1962-1969, at different times with Harvey Wolin, Sergio Mondragón (whom she married), and Robert Cohen. Randall and Mondragón had two daughters. During their relationship, Randall also became a Mexican citizen. In 1969, Randall and Mondragón divorced. Randall had her third daughter with Robert Cohen. She tried unsuccessfully to regain her United States citizenship. Repression towards supporters of the Mexican student movement, which Randall was identified with, resulted in her going underground. She, Robert Cohen, and her four children then moved to Cuba, where they lived from 1969-1980.

In Cuba, she worked for 6 years for the Cuban Book Institute, and then as a free-lance journalist and writer. She became an oral historian and a photographer, and began focusing on women, documenting the lives and struggles of Cuban, Chilean, Peruvian, Vietnamese, and Nicaraguan women. In 1980, Randall moved to Nicaragua with her two youngest daughters, where she continued working as an oral historian, photographer, and journalist.

Randall returned to the United States (Albuquerque) in 1984, and married Floyce Alexander. She began teaching in Women's Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. In 1985, Randall was denied permanent resident status by the INS under the McCarran-Walter Act, which was used to exclude people from the U.S. based on perceived adherence to "subversive" ideologies such as communism. She was told to leave the country within 30 days. The Center for Constitutional Rights took on Randall's case. Supporters formed defense committees across the United States. During this battle, she continued to teach and also began to give readings and lectures throughout the United States. She began speaking about her case and similar ones challenging the McCarren-Walters Act. In 1989, the INS decided that she had always been a U.S. citizen and she should never have been subjected to deportation hearings. Resolution of her case enabled Randall to "come out" as a lesbian, which becomes evident in her writings and teachings. Randall has also spoken and written as an incest survivor. Randall's life and works are grounded in politics, action, resistance, and everyday life. Randall continues to live and write in Albuquerque, NM.

*Biographical information excerpted from: Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993. Randall biography by Trisha Franzen.

From the guide to the Margaret Randall photograph collection, 1937-1989, (Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.)

Margaret Randall. Part of the Margaret Randall Pictorial Collection PICT 000-663 (Box 1, Folder 2).

Margaret Randall, American born writer, photographer, and activist was born in New York in 1936. Randall and her family moved to Albuquerque, NM when she was 11. She attended public schools in Albuquerque. Her father taught music and her mother worked as a translator. After high school, she attended the University of New Mexico for one year.

In 1955, Randall left Albuquerque for Europe. She lived in Spain for one year, followed by a move to New York City, where she pursued her writing career and participated in the beatnik movement. Prior to this move, she divorced her first husband. In 1960, Randall moved to Mexico City with her infant son. From 1960-1969, she lived in Mexico. She co-edited the literary magazine El Corno Emplumado from 1962-1969, at different times with Harvey Wolin, Sergio Mondragón (whom she married), and Robert Cohen. Randall and Mondragón had two daughters. During their relationship, Randall also became a Mexican citizen. In 1969, Randall and Mondragón divorced. Randall had her third daughter with Robert Cohen. She tried unsuccessfully to regain her United States citizenship. Repression towards supporters of the Mexican student movement, which Randall was identified with, resulted in her going underground. She, Robert Cohen, and her four children then moved to Cuba, where they lived from 1969-1980.

In Cuba, she worked for 6 years for the Cuban Book Institute, and then as a free-lance journalist and writer. She became an oral historian and a photographer, and began focusing on women, documenting the lives and struggles of Cuban, Chilean, Peruvian, Vietnamese, and Nicaraguan women. In 1980, Randall moved to Nicaragua with her two youngest daughters, where she continued working as an oral historian, photographer, and journalist.

Randall returned to the United States (Albuquerque) in 1984, and married Floyce Alexander. She began teaching in Women's Studies and American Studies at the University of New Mexico. In 1985, Randall was denied permanent resident status by the INS under the McCarran-Walter Act, which was used to exclude people from the U.S. based on perceived adherence to "subversive" ideologies such as communism. She was told to leave the country within 30 days. The Center for Constitutional Rights took on Randall's case. Supporters formed defense committees across the United States. During this battle, she continued to teach and also began to give readings and lectures throughout the United States. She began speaking about her case and similar ones challenging the McCarren-Walters Act. In 1989, the INS decided that she had always been a U.S. citizen and she should never have been subjected to deportation hearings. Resolution of her case enabled Randall to "come out" as a lesbian, which becomes evident in her writings and teachings. Randall has also spoken and written as an incest survivor. Randall's life and works are grounded in politics, action, resistance, and everyday life. Randall continues to live and write in Albuquerque, NM.

*Biographical information excerpted from: Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993. Randall biography by Trisha Franzen.

From the guide to the Margaret Randall Papers, 1954-2000, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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referencedIn Olsen, Tillie. Papers, 1930-1990 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Paul Blackburn Papers, 1919 - 1971 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Randall, Margaret. Margaret Randall photograph collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Economou, George. George Economou papers, 1954-1996. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lines (New York, N.Y.) Archive, 1963-1965 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Olsen, Tillie. Tillie Olsen papers, 1930-1990. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald, 1893-2004 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Randall, Margaret, 1936-. Selected correspondence of Margaret Randall, 1977-1999. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Rochelle Owens Papers, 1900-1997 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Carol Bergé Papers TXRC94-A5., 1960-1969 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Blackburn, Paul. Papers, 1900-1971, bulk 1919-1971. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Owens, Rochelle. Papers, 1900-1997. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Jordan, June, 1936-2002. Papers, 1936-2002 (inclusive), 1954-2002 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Margaret Randall Papers, 1954-2000 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Randall, Margaret, 1936-. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1987. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn George Economou Papers, 1954-1996. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn William Bronk Papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Enslin, Theodore. Theodore Enslin Papers. Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Randall, Margaret, 1936-. Essays, 1979, n.d. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Marguerite Harris Papers, 1901-1978 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Margaret Randall photograph collection, 1937-1989 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Randall, Margaret, 1936-. Correspondence with Singing Horse Press, 1989-1990. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Rich, Cynthia. Papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald, 1893-2004 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Bergé, Carol, 1928-2006. Papers, 1960-1969. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library
referencedIn Bronk, William. William Bronk papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn El Corno Emplumado Archive, 1959-1969 Fales Library & Special Collections
creatorOf Sward, Robert, 1933-. Papers. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Interhemispheric Resource Center. Interhemispheric Resource Center records, 1966-2008. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Randall, Margaret, 1936-. Papers, 1954-2000. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Allen, Pamela P., 1943-. Papers, 1967-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn d.a. levy and family archive, 1950-1988, 1960-1970 Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
creatorOf Randall, Margaret, 1936-. Margaret Randall : file of clippings and miscellanea. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
referencedIn Camels Coming, Archive, 1965-1969 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Theodore Enslin Papers, ca. 1955-1975 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Interhemispheric Resource Center Records, 1966-2008 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Latin America
Cuba
Nicaragua
Mexico
United States
Nicaragua
Latin America
Cuba
Cuba
Central America
Central American
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Subject
Gays' writings, Latin American--20th century
Cuban literature--20th century
Photographers--United States--Correspondence
Women's rights
Emigration and immigration--United States--Case studies
Authors, Latin American--20th century--Correspondence
Poets, Cuban--20th century--Correspondence
Women
Poets, Nicaraguan--20th century--Correspondence
Rural women
Incest in literature
Feminism--Nicaragua
Women's rights--Latin America
Lesbians' writings, Latin American--20th century
Emigration and immigration--Case studies
Feminism--Central America
Editors--Latin America--20th century--Correspondence
Women--United States--Social conditions
Women--Nicaragua--Biography
Feminists--United States--20th century
Feminism in literature
Women--Latin America--Social conditions
Women--Central America--Social conditions
Photographers--United States--20th century
Homosexuality--20th century
Latin American poetry
Photographers--Correspondence
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
Revolutionaries
Journalists, Latin American--20th century--Correspondence
Cuban poetry--Translations into English
Feminism--Cuba
Authors, American--20th century--Biography
Latin American poetry--Translations into English
Women--Cuba--Social conditions
Women--Biography
Poets, Mexican--20th century--Correspondence
Women political activists
Poets, Latin American--20th century--Correspondence
Poets, Uruguayan--20th century--Correspondence
Women's rights--Cuba
Feminism
Women--Social conditions
Lesbianism in literature
Central American poetry--Translations into English
Authors, American--20th century
Cuban poetry--Women authors
Women's rights--Nicaragua
Publishers and publishing--20th century--Correspondence
Revolutionaries--Central America
Latin American poetry--20th century
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Birth 1936-12-06

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English,

Spanish; Castilian,

Dutch; Flemish

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