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El Ciervo Herido Collection

Identifier: MSS 0455

Scope and Content

The poems of the collection constitute an example of the poetry produced by young Mexican writers and their efforts to overcome publishing barriers. This initiative gave way to others such as the establishment of the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas (Foundation for Mexican Literature), coordinated by one of the most important participants of the workshop: Eduardo Langagne. It also made possible the establishment of a publishing house (CEFOL) and the publication of two books: Ricardo Castillo's El pobrecito señor X and José Joaquín Blanco's La ciudad tan personal. In this way, the workshop constituted an example of projects that provided a space for cultural production and outreach.


  • Creation: 1975-1976



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ricardo Yáñez (1948- ) is one of the most renowned poets in Mexico. A journalist and cultural promoter, he organized and coordinated countless creative writing workshop in different Mexican regions. In 1975, he founded the Center for the Study of Latin American Folklore (CEFOL) in Mexico City. The Center included a creative workshop. At first, most of its members were young Mexican poets, but later poets from other countries joined too. The participants decided to publish their poems in a series of flyers. They named the series El Ciervo Herido after a poem written by the Cuban revolutionary hero and poet José Martí (1853-1895).

The editors (Isabel Quiñónez, Enrique Balpa, Eduardo Langagne, and Ricardo Yáñez) published alongside Carlos Próspero, Elena Milán, Ricardo Castillo, José Joaquín Blanco, José Emilio Pacheco, Jorge Alejandro Boccanera, Agustín Hernández, Mario Santiago, Roberto Bolaño, José Manuel Rivera, Adolfo Castanón, Alejandro Aura, David Huerta, Aimé Césaire, and others.


0.01 Linear feet (1 Folder)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


This collection includes 25 flyers with poems written by the members of the Creative Writing Workshop El Ciervo Herido. The workshop was founded in Mexico City by the poet Ricardo Yáñez.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Professor Charles A. Perrone (1951- ) donated the collection to the University of Florida in 2011. Perrone attended several sessions of the workshop.

A Guide to the El Ciervo Herido Collection
Finding aid created by Antonio Cardentey Levin
August 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America