Margaret Randall is a feminist poet and writer, a professor and oral historian, and a social justice activist in the United States and abroad for the past half century. In 2004, she received the PEN New Mexico Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for writing and human rights activism, and in 1990, she won a Hellman /Hammett grant for writers who have been victimized by political repression. The experiences that earned her such recognition are the subject of the 2001 documentary The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall. While living in Mexico in the turbulent 1960s, she co-founded and co-edited El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn, a bilingual literary journal. Currently she lives, writes, and remains active in myriad social causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"For too many years, although it's changing, most feminists didn't care that much about class struggle or what was going on in other countries. They were all wrapped up in this kind of spiritual, self-centered philosophy that doesn't interest me, that actually sort of irritates me. On the other hand, many leftists here and abroad pay lip service to feminist analysis but don't incorporate it into their own lives. I see feminism as not simply about women and gender, but about power."