Margot Pepper

Instructor I
Liberal Arts
margotpepper@sfai.edu
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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.

 

Education:

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

Links:

  • Through the Wall:  A Year in Havana,  a historical memoir. San Francisco: Freedom Voices, 2005 https://www.amazon.com/Through-Wall-Havana-Margot-Pepper/dp/0915117177/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546057940&sr=8-1&keywords=through+the+wall++margot+pepper#customerReviews
  • At This Very Moment,  a collection of poetry and short fiction. San Francisco: Freedom Voices, 1992 https://www.amazon.com/This-Very-Moment-Preciso-Momento/dp/0962515337/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514493910&sr=8-1&keywords=at+this+very+moment+margot+pepper
  • “Dogtown’s Z-Girl,” Santa Monica Daily Press, Jack Neworth, November 13, 201  http://smdp.com/dogtowns-z-girl/152105
  • “Margot Pepper’s Through the Wall: A Year in Havana,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Havana Journal, Rose Arrieta, January 25, 2006 http://havanajournal.com/culture/entry/margot_peppers_through_the_wall_a_year_in_havana/
  • C-SPAN American History TV Nov. 18-20, 2017: Hollywood Blacklist 70th Anniversary, October 27, 2017
  • https://www.c-span.org/person/?110885
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences:   The Little Giants /  Los Pequeños Gigantes (produced by George Pepper,1960) Family Screening November 18, 2017 http://pstlala.oscars.org/event/los-pequenos-gigantes-little-giants-1960/
  • Univisión Channel 14 evening  news: story about students reading poetry against deportation of classmate Gerardo Espinoza, July 12, 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTsRLqjyuuY
  • “Living with Trumbo Under the Blacklist ,” CounterPunch, February 16, 2016; https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/16/living-with-trumbo-under-the-blacklist/
  • “For George Pepper, the Blacklist Isn’t Over,” ZNet, October 15, 2017; https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/for-producer-george-pepper-the-blacklist-isnt-over/
  • “Open Letter to an Immigration Judge,” Monthly Review’s MR. Zine, July 3, 2007; https://mronline.org/2007/03/07/open-letter-to-an-immigration-judge/
  • “Deconstructing ‘Return to Sender,’” Counterpunch; Weekend edition June 2/3 2007; https://www.counterpunch.org/2007/06/02/deconstructing-quot-return-to-sender-quot/
  • “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 http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0309pepper.html
  • “No Corporation Left Behind,” Monthly Review, Volume 58., No.6., November 2006; http://www.monthlyreview.org/1106pepper.htm
  • “TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During War on Terror,”  Rethinking Schools; Volume 22., No. 3. Spring, 2008; http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/22_03/tv223.shtml
  • “Cuba’s Revolution in Transportation,”  International News, Green Left Weekly, issue #88,  February 17, 1993 www.greenleft.org.au/content/cubas-revolution-transportation
  • “Interview with Assata Shakur,” The Venice Beachhead, March 1, 2009
  • http://freevenicebeachhead.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/interview-with-rebel-woman-assata-shakur/
  • “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 http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100298490
  • “For George Pepper the Blacklist Goes On,” Santa Monica Daily Press, Jack Neworth, October 27, 2017 http://smdp.com/groucho-marx-george-pepper-and-olivia-de-havilland-circa-late-1940s/163069

Websites:

  • www.margotpepper.com
  • http://www.freedomvoices.org/new/american-day-dream-by-margot-pepper
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