Poet News: Margaret Randall

200 New Mexico poet, Margaret Randall,  author of both “Downwind from Pecos” and “At the Edge of the Pueblo,” will be discussing her new book, Exporting Revolution, with Joanne Lefrack at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Santa Fee, 6:00 PM Thursday, June 8, 2017.

In her new book, Exporting Revolution, Margaret Randall explores the Cuban Revolution’s impact on the outside world, tracing Cuba’s international outreach in health care, disaster relief, education, literature, art, liberation struggles, and sports. Randall combines personal observations and interviews with literary analysis and examinations of political trends in order to understand what compels a small, poor, and underdeveloped country to offer its resources and expertise.

Why has the Cuban health care system trained thousands of foreign doctors, offered free services, and responded to health crises around the globe? What drives Cuba’s international adult literacy programs? Why has Cuban poetry had an outsized influence in the Spanish-speaking world? This multifaceted internationalism, Randall finds, is not only one of the Revolution’s most central features; it helped define Cuban society long before the Revolution.

About the Author

Margaret Randall is the author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression and Che on My Mind, and the editor of Only the Road / Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, all also published by Duke University Press.

Joanne Lefrack is the Director of Education and Outreach at SITE Santa Fe as well as a visual artist, museum educator, and teacher.

 

 

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