Margot Pepper

Margot Pepper

Born in Mexico City, Margot Pepper is a bilingual educator, whose fiction, poetry, articles and translations have been published internationally by the Utne Reader, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, ZNet, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Monthly Review, Dollars & Sense, NACLA, Rethinking Schools, City Lights, Hampton Brown, Race, Poverty & the Environment, Prensa Latina, El Tecolote, El Andar, Canada’s The Scoop and elsewhere. She is best known for her memoir about her year working in Cuba, Through the Wall: A Year in Havana (Freedom Voices, 2005,) which was a finalist nomination for the 2006 American Book Award. She has also published a book of poetry, At This Very Moment (Freedom Voices, 1992) and most recently a dystopian science fiction thriller, American Day Dream, due out January 15, 2015. Currently she is working on a book of short magic realism, The Acrobat, and Other Stories for Dark Times. Learn more at, or searching for Author Margot Pepper on Facebook or margotpimienta on Instagram.

Living with Trumbo Under the Blacklist

CounterPunch February 16, 2016 ZNet February 16, 2016 It’s no surprise that a movie, with some of Hollywood’s finest acting, writing, directing and filmmaking, failed to win a single Oscar or Academy Award, particularly since the movie criticizes Hollywood for its unethical political discrimination. “Trumbo” is about James Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 –September 10, 1976,) the screenwriter who broke… Read more →

“Come the Revolution We’ll All Have Swimming Pools”–Dalton Trumbo

Margot with Cleo & Trumbo, 1970 (Excerpt from chapter 45, “Through the Wall; A Year in Havana (p. 176, Freedom Voices)” West Hollywood, circa 1971. A drifting net of cigar smoke let me know the world-famous director was at his desk; I’d have to steal down the stairs past him and out the glass doors to get to the pool.… Read more →

Dogtown’s Z-Girl

by Jack Neworth, Santa Monica Daily Press Having spent her teenage years skateboarding, boogie boarding and surfing in Santa Monica, Margot Pepper went on to become an acclaimed author, poet, journalist and bilingual educator. A summa cum laude with an M.F.A. in creative writing, Margot’s fiction, poetry, articles and translations have been published internationally. Among others, her books are carried… Read more →

Media Alliance Review, American Day Dream

Review by Tracy Rosenberg Media Alliance, September 2015 American Day Dream by Margot Pepper is situated in San Francisco and embedded in the things we love about the Bay Area, but also lodged in the rear corner of our minds that hasn’t forgotten the Snowden revelations of June 2013. Or Cointelpro. Or every bit of sickening evidence that we are… Read more →

Freedom Voices Authors and Artists Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, Kitty Costello and the Faithful Fools

Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:00 pm San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 415-557-4400 Feeling imprisoned by the job or electronic gadgets like an indentured worker lately? American Day Dream is a techno-dystopian thriller, set against the Bay Area’s iconic landmarks provides insight about life in the information age. And, escape.  “Daring, brave and fully imagined,… Read more →

Book Tour: American Day Dream & Through the Wall; A Year in Havana

Please keep checking back for more updates. Fall 2015 Dec 13: San Francisco, CA // Sunday 1:00 pm San Francisco Public Library (Main Library) 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 415-557-4400       August 2015 Aug. 7: Oakland, CA // 6:30 pm Oakland Hills Tennis Club 5475 Redwood Rd. (510) 531-3300   July 2015 July 24: Los Angeles, CA // Friday Night 9PM… Read more →