Poet Margaret Randall appears at the UNM Bookstore Wednesday, April 4, at noon for a reading and book signing featuring her new poetry collection Ruins (UNM Press).

In Ruins, Randall uses the metaphor of ruins to meditate on time's movement through memory, through cities, through the leavings of history and through the bodies of people who have experienced time's transformations and traumas. Randall's ruins include not only Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep, Teotihuacan, Machu Picchu, Kiet Siel, Petra, and sites in ancient Greece and Egypt, but also Auschwitz-Birkenau and lives shattered by torture and oppression.

Randall is a feminist, poet, writer, photographer and social activist. Born in New York City in 1936, she has lived for extended periods in Albuquerque, New York, Seville, Mexico City, Havana and Managua. Shorter stays in Peru and North Vietnam were also formative. Currently, Randall resides in Albuquerque and has published more than 80 books.

The UNM Bookstore is located at 2301 Central Ave. NE at the intersection of Cornell and Central. Contact Lani Tyler or call 505-277-7473 for more information.