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 26

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #26 had work by Ed Dorn, Jorge Seferis, Nathanial Tarn, Ernesto Cardenal, Roque Dalton, Luisa Pasamanik, Susan Sherman, Stephen Levine, Gonzalo Arango, Lizandro Chavez Alfaro, and John Berger, among others. We were doing book reviews by this time, and books by Tom Raworth, Lionel (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 27

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #27 includes work by Ann Quin, Robert Sward, Robert David Cohen, Dubjinski Barefoot, Margaret Randall, Thomas Merton, Susan Sherman, William Agudelo, and Eduardo Escobar, among others. Three Mexican poets are Isabel Fraire, Homero Aridjis, and Jaime Labastida. There are also two (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 28

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #28, in October 1968, appeared just as the Mexican Student Movement was viciously put down by the Diaz Ordaz government. Little did we know that this would be the beginning of the end of our publishing endeavor. Although the journal would have three more issues, it was already doomed. (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 29

    , by Margaret Randall

    Contributions to El Corno #29 include Margaret Randall’s translations of poems by Leon Felipe, an essay in both Spanish and English by innovative U.S. architect Buckminster Fuller, and work by Victor Coleman, Larry Eigner, Fernanda Navarro, Rodolfo Walsh, Denise Levertov, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 30

    , by Margaret Randall

    With its issue #30, El Corno acquired a publishing partner, Movimiento Editores of Mexico City. This issue features two poets from Peru—Sebastian Salazar Bondy and Winston Orillo—Carol Brightman (with an essay on Vietnam), Roberto Fernandez Retamar, Roque Dalton, Ernesto Cardenal, Carl Solomon, (...)