Margot Pepper

Instructor I
Liberal Arts

Margot Pepper is a Mexican-born author, journalist and union activist. Her research interests include Cuba and the cold war-exiled Hollywood community living in Mexico. In 1992, Pepper was one of a handful of foreign journalists granted a Cuban work visa. Her memoir of this post-Soviet “Special Period,” "Through the Wall: A Year in Havana," was a top American Book Award nominee. Her other books include poetry, "At This Very Moment," and the dystopian science-fiction thriller, "American Day Dream." Her work has been published internationally by Canada’s "The Scoop," "Prensa Latina," "Granma International," "Utne Reader," "Common Dreams," "Monthly Review," "Z-net," "Counterpunch," "Dollars & Sense," "NACLA," "City Lights," "SF Bay Guardian," "Hampton Brown," "Rethinking Schools," "El Andar" and elsewhere. She’s the daughter of blacklisted film producer George Pepper, alias George P. Werker.



  • MFA, San Francisco State University
  • BCLAD, San Francisco State University
  • BA, University of California, San Diego


  • Through the Wall:  A Year in Havana,  a historical memoir. San Francisco: Freedom Voices, 2005
  • At This Very Moment,  a collection of poetry and short fiction. San Francisco: Freedom Voices, 1992
  • “Dogtown’s Z-Girl,” Santa Monica Daily Press, Jack Neworth, November 13, 201
  • “Margot Pepper’s Through the Wall: A Year in Havana,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Havana Journal, Rose Arrieta, January 25, 2006
  • C-SPAN American History TV Nov. 18-20, 2017: Hollywood Blacklist 70th Anniversary, October 27, 2017
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences:   The Little Giants /  Los Pequeños Gigantes (produced by George Pepper,1960) Family Screening November 18, 2017
  • Univisión Channel 14 evening  news: story about students reading poetry against deportation of classmate Gerardo Espinoza, July 12, 2007
  • “Living with Trumbo Under the Blacklist ,” CounterPunch, February 16, 2016;
  • “For George Pepper, the Blacklist Isn’t Over,” ZNet, October 15, 2017;
  • “Open Letter to an Immigration Judge,” Monthly Review’s MR. Zine, July 3, 2007;
  • “Deconstructing ‘Return to Sender,’” Counterpunch; Weekend edition June 2/3 2007;
  • “The Costs of the Embargo, The 47-year-old blockade now costs the United States far more than it costs Cuba” Dollars & Sense, Boston, MA, March/April 2009
  • “No Corporation Left Behind,” Monthly Review, Volume 58., No.6., November 2006;
  • “TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During War on Terror,”  Rethinking Schools; Volume 22., No. 3. Spring, 2008;
  • “Cuba’s Revolution in Transportation,”  International News, Green Left Weekly, issue #88,  February 17, 1993
  • “Interview with Assata Shakur,” The Venice Beachhead, March 1, 2009
  • “The Smell of Smoke,”   September 11 and the U.S. War: Beyond the Curtain of Smoke; Eds. Roger Burbach & Ben Clarke, San Francisco:  City Lights & Freedom Voices, February, 2002
  • “For George Pepper the Blacklist Goes On,” Santa Monica Daily Press, Jack Neworth, October 27, 2017


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