Spring 2020 Preview

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Alcalá Review has elected to delay the publication of Volume 5, Issue 2, until the coming fall.

In the meantime, we are pleased to offer the following preview material, which includes a downloadable sample of the forthcoming print edition and a selection of poems read by AR contributors and staff members Davontae Reed and McKenna Christian.

Fall 2019 Publishing Party

Join us for our Fall 2019 Publishing Party this Thursday (11/7) at 7:00 PM in the Humanities Center (Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall 200) to celebrate the release of Volume 5, Issue 1. There will be catered food, readings from the contributors published in the issue, and a special reading from USD professor Deniz Perin-Coombs. Copies of this latest journal will be available for sale at the event, and available here the next day. All are welcome.

Montezuma Road: Friday Evening

by J. Sean Rafferty

For Patrick Kavanagh

The cop cars go by in twos and threes –
There’s a rave in Danny Dyer’s flat tonight 
And there’s the half-emoji texts of delinquency,
the coarse, yank language, the drunken fights.
Half-past ten and there is not a parking spot
Upon a mile of suburb, no party thrown
That would turn out a sorority girl, not
A frat boy toking, blazing or stoned.

I have what every Irishman loves in spite
Of all the bitter talk of objectification.
Oh, god knows I have the right
To be the stereotype of a nation.
A road, a mile of suburb. I am King
Of shots and cheer and every blessed thing.

J. Sean Rafferty is a redhead, a godfather and an eejit. He is an MA English Lit student at Ulster University and was a finalist in the 2018 Ulster Poetry Slam. His work has previously been published in Gravitas and The Paperclip. When not losing games of pool he, sometimes, writes stuff.

Marielle Krivit

  1. “Get Around Town,” Pen and ink, 7″ x 6″
  2. “Strum,” Acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 12″
  3. “Bloom,” Monoprint, 13″ x 12″
  4. “Abstraxaphone,” Acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 9″
  5. “Windblown,” Monoprint, 12″ x 13″


This collection contains a variety of works from Marielle’s studio concentration on musical instruments, her personal explorations using a multitude of media, and some commissioned pieces as well. Although she is a double major in architecture and biology, she has always loved painting and drawing and is interested in pursuing scientific illustration.

These pieces originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue (Vol. 4, Iss. 2) of The Alcalá Review.

Annie Seaberg

  1. Life in Color, oil on canvas, 24″x36″ (originally published in the Spring 2019 Issue, Vol. 4 Iss. 2)
  2. Red Boy, oil on canvas, 24″x36″
  3. Reflection, oil on canvas, 24″x36″ (originally published in the Spring 2019 Issue, Vol. 4 Iss. 2)
  4. A Rope in Urge of Breaking, oil on canvas, 24″x36″ (originally published in the Spring 2019 Issue, Vol. 4 Iss. 2)

Annie is an East Coast native interested in and passionate about most things related to art, music and literature.