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 www.margotpepper.com, or searching for Author Margot Pepper on Facebook or margotpimienta on Instagram.

Nouveaux Orleans, Old Story

I.
They’d been there 10,000 years:
Caddo, Natchez, Atakapa, Chitimachan, Muskogean, Tunican and more
fishing on fertile flood plains.
Sapphire-skied summer day three months long;
Sunflower, squash, beans and maize.
Time began one colorless day in 1519,
dragged in by the hungry blue-eyed wolves:

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Festival of Light

By Margot Pepper From forthcoming book, the Acrobat and Other Stories for Dark Times In memory of Rachel Corrie The swans knew the sun had set. They retreated under the bridges to tuck necks under wings in slumber, and it was another exodus of light: the departure of brilliant white leaving only the dismal colors of dusk—the mercurial river, clouds… Read more →

The Acrobat

By Margot Pepper From forthcoming book, the Acrobat and Other Stories for Dark Times For Piri Thomas, a muse to so many of us The Bay surrounded the runway on three of four sides, agitated, black as obsidian with reflections of moonlight like the small fingernail-shaped indentations in an ancient arrowhead. Across the expanse of darkness, the bracelet of lights… Read more →

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

By Margot Pepper From forthcoming book, the Acrobat and Other Stories for Dark Times I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Eviction Fiction, Street Spirit, July 2002 Delivered Vacant, Street Spirit In Memory of Lola Mckay Thursday morning announces itself with a blue so electric it nearly crackles. There’s no alternative but to skip the board meeting and return to… Read more →