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 16

    , by Margaret Randall

    Time for another book. El Corno #16, the bilingual edition of 1965, was Canadian poet George Bowering’s The Man in Yellow Boots / El hombre de las botas amarillas. Sergio Mondragon did the translations, aided by Margaret Randall. A section of collages were by Roy Kiyooka, also of Canada.
    George (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 17

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #17 was our fourth anniversary issue. Sergio Mondragon and Margaret had just returned from a U.S. reading tour, and had seen first-hand how important the journal was to generations of young poets.
    This issue’s cover bore a photograph by Mexico’s Rodrigo Moya, showing U.S. Marines in the (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 18

    , by Margaret Randall

    Our issue #18 showcased contemporary Mexican poetry in a completely bilingual facing-page edition. This took a great deal of work, but we lived among these poets and felt a deep need to make their work available beyond their borders. Among the 14 featured poets were Octavio Paz, Juan Martinez, (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 19

    , by Margaret Randall

    We had excellent ties with Finnish poets by now, and published three more of them in this issue: Vilho Kajava, Arvo Turtiainen, and Eeva-Liisa Manner. We also published an anthology of Canadian poetry which included, among others, George Bowering, Lionel Kearns, Fred Wah, Victor Coleman, John (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 20

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #20 continued our interest in European poetry with an anthology of nine Dutch and Flemish poets, among them Remco Campert, Hans Warren, Phia Baruch, Ellen Warmond, and Fritz de Blauw.
    The issue also includes work by William Agudelo, Gino Clays, Rudolf Baranik, Raquel Jodorowsky, Paul (...)