Alchemy is committed to publishing quality, contemporary translations of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction creative writing. By dedicating our journal to the publication of high quality translations by students, we aim to encourage a new generation of translators. We publish creative translations and adaptations, including homophonic, homolinguistic, and other poetic forms. It is our belief that translation can teach us new things about writing and about language itself. We look forward to publishing work that is fresh, engaging and thought provoking. Alchemy is based in the University of California, San Diego’s Literature and Linguistics departments and is edited and published by UCSD students.

Editor in Chief

Valentina Calvache is a bilingual writer concerned with the liminal intersections between fiction, fashion and cultural production. She’s interested in how things work, what categorizations they create, what enactments they perform and what relations they generate. She writes uncomfortable prose and is always on the search for new genres to speculate about. Her work has been published, among others, in Exclama, Don Juan, Revista Antioquia, Bacánika, Antología de cuento Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Idartes. She is currently an MFA candidate in writing at UCSD.


Editorial Alumni

MarieJo Delgadillo (Editor in Chief; 2015-2016)                                                                              
Sarah Ciston (Editor in Chief; 2014-2015)
Paola Capó-García (Editor in Chief; 2013-2014)
Pepe Rojo (Editor in Chief; 2013-2014)
Jose Antonio Villaran (Editor in Chief; 2012-2013)
Allie Moreno (Editor in Chief; 2011-2012)
Rachel Diaz (2014-2015)
Amber Knight (2014-2015)
Anna Parkhurst (2014-2015)
Meryl Press (2014-2015)
Lilibeth Moreno (2013-2014)
Bryan Constantino (2013-2014)
Mika Kennedy (2011-2014)
Matthew Chow (2011-2012)
Brian Eazer (2011-2012)
Shannon Fox (2011-2012)
Andrew Hsieh (2011-2012)
Natasha Stambuk (2011-2012)

Faculty Directors

Amelia Glaser (Literature)
Roger Levy (Linguistics)

Faculty Advisory Board

Gabriela Caballero
Ari Larissa Heinrich
Jin Lee
Pasquale Verdicchio

Web Designer

Mika Kennedy


Milda Zilinskaite (External consultation)
Sophia Liapounova (Illustrations)