El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn

From January, 1962 through July, 1969, El Corno Emplumado / The Plumed Horn was on the cutting edge of independent publishing. The bilingual quarterly, which ran from 100 to almost 300 pages per issue, published some of the best new work to come out of Latin and North America—with occasional sections from Canada, Finland, France, and other countries. Its 3,000 copies were distributed worldwide. The journal was founded and co-edited by Margaret Randall and Sergio Mondragon. In its last year Robert Cohen replaced Mondragon on the masthead. Because it took a stand in defense of Mexico’s 1968 Student Movement, in mid-1969 the journal was forced to close. It had published 31 issues and a dozen books.

See complete El Corno Emplumado, plus interesting ephemera, at

Read recent commentary on the City College of New York Graduate Center’s chapbook on El Corno Emplumado at

EL CORNO EMPLUMADO - A STORY OF THE SIXTIES, a film available in English and Spanish versions, is available at El Corno Emplumado

Articles in this section

  • El Corno Emplumado 11

    , by Margaret Randall

    Venezuela was prominently featured in El Corno Emplumado #11. Juan Sanchez Pelaez, Rafael Cadenas, Jaime Lopez Sanz, Arnaldo Acosta Bello, Mery-Lu Sananes, Efrain Hurtado, Tarik Souki, Edmundo Aray, Caupolican Ovalles, Francisco Perez Perdomo, Irene Flores, and Ludovico Silva were among the (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 12

    , by Margaret Randall

    With El Corno #12, it was time for another full-length book, and it was the turn of a Spanish-language poet to be featured in this way. This time we published Aji Tojen by Peruvian Raquel Jodorowsky—who had been close to the journal since its inception. The issue’s letter section was also (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 13

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #13 featured a large anthology of contemporary poetry from Argentina. Among the 47 Argentine poets represented were: Alejandra Pizarnik, Francisco Madariaga, Alberto Girri, Basilia Papastamatiu, Alejandro Vignati, Miguel Grinberg, Marina Taborski, LeandroKatz, Edgar Bayley, Rodolfo (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 14

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno Emplumado #14 featured poetry from the cold—but intensely poetic—lands of northern Europe: Finland and Russia. The Finnish anthology was collected by Anselm Hollo, and showcased such poets as Pentti Saarikoski, Paavo Haavikko, Pertti Nieminen, Anya Vammelvuo, and Matti Rossi. The (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 15

    , by Margaret Randall

    After three and a half years of on-time publication, El Corno had become an institution. With #15 we broke with our tradition of typographic covers, and used our first cover art: a moving photograph by Mexico’s Nacho Lopez of a group of men—homeless? day laborers? the urban displaced?.
    In this (...)