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.

August 7: Havana Night with Margot and Mojitos by the Pool at the Oakland Hills Tennis Club

Join Margot at the Oakland Hills Tennis Club to experience the virtual reality where the protagonists of American Day Dream got romantic. Readings from American Day Dream, as well as from the memoir, Through the Wall; A Year in Havana.  Buy a book and get an authentic Cuban mojito from the recipe in Through the Wall!  Readings on the upper deck just above the… Read more →

July 24 Noche de Canto y Poesía at Tía Chucha’s Featuring Margot Pepper reading from American Day Dream and Through the Wall; A Year in Havana

July 24: Los Angeles, CA // Friday Night at 9:00 Noche de Canto y Poesía// Open mic Poetry and Song at 8:00 Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore 13197 Gladstone Ave. Unit A Sylmar, CA 818-939-3433 Celebrate the arrival of the weekend with Margot in Los Angeles at Tía Chucha Cultural center. The lively center was founded by LA Poet-Laureate Luis J.… Read more →

June 2: Cuba Libre Photography Exhibit with Special Readings from Margot Pepper, Jack Hirschman and Dorothy Payne

Last weekend to view Cuba Libre Photography Exhibit by Ivory Serra and John Perino at Live Worms Gallery, 1345 Grant Ave. in (North Beach) San Francisco. On Tuesday, June 2nd, special readings featuring; Margot Pepper, Dorothy Payne and Jack Hirschman…   Cuba Libre Photography Exhibit by Ivory Serra and John Perino June 2nd at Live Worms Gallery, 6:30pm 1345 Grant… Read more →

November 18th: Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years

Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years… with a Sneak Preview of 2015 Releases and a 2014 Award-Winner Featuring Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor In 1989, when editor Jess Clarke worked as a cultural organizer in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District for the non-profit Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center (TREC), he found the neighborhood awash in unpublished talent. Working… Read more →


Photos by Margot Pepper

Art by Graham Roumieu

Freedom Voices 25th Anniversary with Margot Pepper, Paul Boden, and J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

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. The pre-release book party will be at City Lights Bookstore in North Beach, November 18 at 7:00 as part of Freedom Voices’ 25th… Read more →