Margaret Randall discusses “She Becomes Time.” She will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohm and Rachel DeWoskin.
At 57th Street Books
About the book: Margaret Randall’s new collection, “She Becomes Time,” continues her legacy of poetry that combines the intimate with the global, history with feeling, memory with the world we touch and see, showing–always in surprising ways–how these impact and intersect each other. The book begins with a group of poems about her childhood, in which the poet reveals secrets and asks unexpected questions. It ends with breathtaking series about Mexico and Cuba, countries the poet knows well and which she takes on without any idealization.
About the author: Margaret Randall (New York, 1936) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua). From 1962 to 1969 she and Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón co-edited “El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn,” a bilingual literary quarterly that published some of the best new work of the sixties. When she came home in 1984, the government ordered her deported because it found some of her writing to be “against the good order and happiness of the United States”. With the support of many writers and others, she won her case in 1989. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, she taught at several universities, most often Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Randall’s most recent titles include “My Town,” “As If The Empty Chair / Como Si La Silla Vacia,” “The Rhizome as a Field of Broken Bones and Daughter of Lady Jaguar Shark” (all poetry, all from Wings Press, San Antonio), “Che On MY Mind” (a feminist poet’s reminiscence of Che Guevara, published by Duke University Press), and “More Than Things” (essays, from The University of Nebraska Press). Her latest collection of poems, About “Little Charlie Lindbergh,” appeared from Wings in summer 2014. Haydee Santamaria, “Cuban Revolutionary: She Led By Transgression,” is recently out from Duke (August, 2015). Her most recent collection of poems (June 2016) is “She Becomes Time.” A large bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry, “Only The Road / Solo El Camino,” is due out in October. Randall lives in New Mexico with her partner (now wife) of almost 30 years, the painter Barbara Byers, and travels extensively to read, lecture and teach.
About Bill Ayers: William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University. Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is a former vice-president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association.
His articles have appeared in many journals including the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Rethinking Schools, the Nation, Educational Leadership, the New York Times, and the Cambridge Journal of Education.
His books include “Teaching Toward Freedom,” “The Good Preschool Teacher,” “A Kind and Just Parent,” “Teaching the Personal and the Political,” “Fugitive Days,” “Public Enemy,” and with Ryan Alexander-Tanner, “To Teach: The Journey, in Comics,” with Rick Ayers, “Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Commitment in the Classroom,” and with Bernardine Dohrn, “Race Course: Against White Supremacy.”
About Bernadine Dohm: Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic, international child rights and women’s advocate, is retired Clinical Associate Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, and founding director of the Children and Family Justice Center for 24 years. Dohrn is an author/co-editor of three books: “Race Course: Against White Supremacy; “A Century of Juvenile Justice”; “Resisting Zero Tolerance: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students.”
Dohrn was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago (where she graduated from the College and Law School) and is visiting professor, Leiden University faculty of law, the Netherlands.
About Rachel DeWoskin: Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of the novels “Blind,” “Big Girl Small,” “Repeat After Me,” and the memoir “Foreign Babes in Beijing,” which is being developed into a television series at BBC America. DeWoskin’s poems have been published widely, in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, and The New Orleans Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in magazines including Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times Magazine of London. She is on the fiction faculty at the University of Chicago.