Women who dare
Poet, essayist, and activist Margaret Randall lived in Latin America (in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua) for more than two decades. In the sixties, she co-edited El Corno Emplumado (The Plumed Horn), an influential bilingual literary magazine that featured some of the finest new work of the decade. Her many books include the recent titles More Than Things (University of Nebraska Press, 2013) and Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led By Transgression (Duke University Press, 2015). In her most recent book of poetry, She Becomes Time (Wings Press, 2016), Randall moves fluidly between the personal and the political; the poems are anchored by a declarative voice but often veer into lyricism. Randall, whose work is featured in the SITE Santa Fe biennial exhibition much wider than a line, reads from She Becomes Time at SITE (1606 Paseo de Peralta, 505-989-1199) on Friday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10; $5 for students or members. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., she reads from Only the Road/ Solo El Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry — a new anthology she curated and translated for Duke University Press, out in October — at the Armory for the Arts Theater (1050 Old Pecos Trail, 505-984-1370). Admission to this reading is free.
Nineteen-year-old Rennie is the protagonist of Nancy King’s Opening Gates (Plainview Press, 2016), set in New York in 1956, against the backdrop of McCarthyism. Rennie, who is stubborn but insecure, takes a summer job as a recreational therapist at a mental hospital to pay for college. The work is difficult, but she refuses to quit, and by season’s end, she is able to look at her life quite differently. King reads from her novel at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 505-988-4226).