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Two Days with Margaret Randall (April 13 and 14)

Noted poet, photographer, teacher, essayist, and activist Margaret Randall will be visiting Rochester on April 13 and 14, with appearances at both RIT and St. John Fisher College.

April 13 events

12:30-1:50 p.m.: Informal talk on her life and work, including a PowerPoint presentation of her photographs. Bamboo Room, Campus Center, Room 2610/2650, RIT. Open to the public.

4 p.m.: Poetry Reading in College of Liberal Arts Faculty Commons (LIB 06-1251), RIT. Open to the public.

April 14 events

4 p.m.: Guest Speaker at Modern Languages Honors Ceremony, St. John Fisher College.

7:30 p.m.:  Poetry Reading in Wilson Formal Lounge, St. Fisher College. Open to the public.

The RIT portion of Margaret Randall’s visit is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the English and Modern Languages departments, and the International Studies Program. It is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


Margaret RandallMargaret Randall has published more than 80 books, taught at a number of universities, and founded the influential Mexico City journal El Corno Emplumado, subject of a recent documentary film. Another documentary is called The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall.  Her awards include a 1990 Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant and, in 2004, the PEN New Mexico’s Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism. Her newest collection of poems is called Something’s Wrong with the Cornfields (Skylight Press, 2011), and she also has a new essay collection, First Laugh (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).

An extensive bio and bibliographical materials is available at http://www.margaretrandall.org/Biography.

Margaret Randall became the focus of international attention in the 1980s, when the Reagan administration tried to deport her for her political beliefs. You can read about it here: http://www.hrcr.org/ccr/randall.html.



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