VIRTUAL: Margaret Randall in conversation with Lynne Elizabeth

Join us for a fascinating conversation between Margaret Randall and Lynne Elizabeth! Register for this Zoom event here.

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.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

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ISBN: 9781613321140
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: New Village Press - September 15th, 2020

Traces the remarkable life of a feminist poet through the items and images that have have defined her experiences



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Adult (19 - Boomer)

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