Teatro Paraguas will host a poetry reading with renowned poets Richard Vargas, Margaret Randall and Demetria Martinez on Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m.
Richard Vargas was born in Compton, California. He received his BA from Cal State University, Long Beach, where he studied with Gerald Locklin. He edited/published five issues of The Tequila Review, 1978-1980, publishing the early work of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Alberto Rios, Nila Northsun and many others. His first book, McLife, was presented twice, in February 2006, on Keillor GarrisonWriter’s Almanac. A second book, American Jesus, was published by Tia Chucha Press, 2007. Her third book, Guernica, revisited, was published in April 2014 by Press 53, and was again featured on Writer’s Almanac. Vargas received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2010, where he worked on his poetry in a studio with Joy Harjo (our current National Poet Laureate). He received the Taos Summer Writers Conference Hispanic Writer Award in 2011, served on the faculty of the 2012 10th National Latino Writers Conference, and presented a workshop at the Taos Writers Conference. summer of Taos in 2015. Vargas also edited/published The Más Tequila Review from 2009 to 2015, featuring poets from across the country. He has read his poetry to the public in Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Madison, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Indianapolis and Boulder. Her fourth book will be published this summer by MouthFeel Press. Currently he resides in Monona WI.
Margaret Randall (New York, 1936) is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, photographer and social activist. She lived in Latin America for 23 years (in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua). From 1962 to 1969, she and Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón co-edited EL CORNO EMPLUMADO/THE PLUMED HORN, a bilingual literary quarterly that published some of the best new work of the sixties. When she returned home in 1984, the government ordered her deportation because it found some of her writings to be “against the good order and happiness of the United States”. With the support of many writers and others, she won her case and her citizenship was restored in 1989. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she taught at several universities, most often at the Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Randall’s most recent poetry titles include THE MORNING AFTER: POETRY & PROSE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD, AGAINST ATROCITY, OUT OF VIOLENCE INTO POETRY (all from Wings Press), and STORMCLOUDS LIKE UNKEPT PROMISES (Casa Urraca Press). CHE ON MY MIND (reminiscent of a feminist poet of Che Guevara, published by duke university Press), and THINKING ABOUT THINKING (essays, by Casa Urraca) are other recent titles. HAYDEE SANTAMARIA, CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY: SHE LED BY TRANSGRESSION was published by Duke in 2015. EXPORTING REVOLUTION: CUBA’S GLOBAL SOLIDARITY was published by Duke in 2017. And in 2020 Duke published his memoir, I NEVER LEFT HOME: POET, FEMINIST , REVOLUTIONARY.