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 6

    , by Margaret Randall

    Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk at Gethsemani, Kentucky, read El Corno and wrote to us. He was a featured contributor to El Corno #5. It also had work by Diane Wakoski, Andre Breton, Ernesto Cardenal, Carol Berge, Theodore Enslin, Paul Blackburn, Robert Nichols, Octavio Paz, Marguerite Harris, (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 7

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #7 featured work by William Carlos Williams, Raquel Jodorowsky, Edmundo Valadez, Clayton Eshleman, Kenji Matsumoto, Robert Kelly, Barbara Moraff, William Wroth, Fielding Dawson, Eugenio Montale, Leonore Kendal, Homero Aridjis, Ezequial Saad, David Ray, and many others.
    In this issue (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 8

    , by Margaret Randall

    Following in the tradition we had established of making our last issue of each year a bilingual book by an individual poet, this time it would be one who wrote in English. El Corno 8 was a book by Robert Kelly: Her Body Against Time / Su cuerpo contra el tiempo. The collection was illustrated (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 9

    , by Margaret Randall

    Our first issue of 1964 featured a section of poetry written by painters: Henri Rousseau, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee, Francis Picabia, Jean Arb, Oskar Kokoshka, and Salvador Dali.
    El Corno #9 also featured a small anthology of poetry from Peru, and work by Juan Martinez, Theodore Enslin, (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 10

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #10 featured primitive poetry from around the world: from the Comanche, Arapaho, Paiute, and Ojibwa of the lower United States; the Tlingites and Eskimos of Alaska; the Ba-iles and Pigmies of Africa; and the native inhabitants of Easter Island. To illustrate these poems, we invited (...)