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About My Life in 100 Objects:
A unique memoir that traces the remarkable life of a feminist poet through the items and images that have defined her adventurous experiences
My Life in 100 Objects is a personal reflection on the events and moments that shaped the life and work of one extraordinary woman. With a masterful, poetic voice, Margaret Randall uses talismanic objects and photographs as launching points for her nonlinear narrative. Through each “object,” Randall uncovers another part of herself, starting in a museum in Amman, Jordan, and ending in the Latin American Studies Association in Boston. Interwoven throughout are her most precious relationships, her growth as an artist, and her brave, revolutionary spirit.
As Randall’s adventures often coincide with important moments in history, many of her objects provide a transcontinental glimpse into social upheavals and transitions. She shares memories from her years in Mexico (1961–1969), in Cuba (1969–1980), and Nicaragua (1980 –1984), as well as briefer periods in North Vietnam (immediately preceding the end of the war in 1975), and Peru (during the government of Velasco Alvarado).
In her introduction, Randall states, “objects and places have always been alive to me.” Her history too is alive, as much of a means to consider our own present as it is to glimpse her vibrant past.
Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, essayist, and oral historian with a long history of social activism (in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua, as well as the United States). More than 150 published books reflect her personal experience and generational struggles. She has also translated much poetry by others. In Mexico, she co-founded El Corno Emplumado, a bilingual journal that published more than 700 writers from 35 countries. Returning to the US in 1984, the government ordered her deported, claiming her writing subversive. She won her case in 1989. Among her recent awards are the Poet of Two Hemisphere Prize (Quito, Ecuador 2019) and the 2020 George Garett Award given by AWP.
Lynne Elizabeth is founding director of New Village Press, a nonprofit independent publisher of books on community-based arts, ecology, participatory planning, creative conflict resolution, and social justice. She is a past president of Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and initiator of numerous ADPSR programs over 35 years, including conferences, exhibitions, journals, and a public center for the study of sustainable community development. Lynne is a founding, 20-year committee member of the Berkeley Prize, an international essay competition for undergraduate architecture students on the social art of architecture.
Traces the remarkable life of a feminist poet through the items and images that have have defined her experiences