Meet Our Editors
Sarah Pape teaches English and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review at Chico State. Her poetry and prose has recently been published or is forthcoming in: New England Review, Passages North, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, Bluestem, The Pinch, Smartish Pace, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Her chapbook, Ruination Atlas, was published this year (dancing girl press). She curates community literary programming and is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Poetry Editor-in-Chief, Javier Lopez is studying English and Creative Writing at California State University, Chico, set to graduate Spring 2017. He is from Sutter, California, a small town buried south of the Sutter Buttes which is considered the smallest mountain range in the world. His hobbies include listening to countless hair metal bands, writing poetry in his writing group, Literary Charades, and serenading others with one-hit wonders from the 50s - 90s. His current goal is to teach poetry and philosophy and is currently accumulating material for submissions to MFA programs.
Fiction Editor-in-Chief & Web Editor, Samantha Smith is pursuing a BA in English Studies at California State University, Chico. In addition to working as a fiction editor for Watershed Review, she is a social media intern at Associated Environmental Professionals Monterey Chapter and an intermittent backpacker. Her experience as an identical twin has led her to investigate identity through writing.
Creative Nonfiction Editor-in-Chief & Web Editor, Heather Stogsdill was born and raised among the buttes of Northern California in the small city of Oroville. At seventeen, Heather enlisted into the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged two years later. She used part of her G.I. Bill fund to attend Butte Community College in her hometown, where she completed two Associate’s degrees. She then transferred to California State University, Chico as a double major in Nursing and English Literature. She is currently still attending Chico State as an undergraduate and hopes to eventually earn entry into their Master’s program for her graduate studies in English.
Kyleen Bromley attended Chaminade University of Honolulu for her Bachelor's in English, received her Masters in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is currently working towards her Masters in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. While living in Beverly Hills, Kyleen was an editor’s assistant for Tips & Tricks and Hot Boat Magazine. She is currently an editor for Watershed Review and is a writer for Upgraded Living, a local magazine. Kyleen teaches academic writing as well as creative writing and is currently Vice President of the English Graduate Student Council (EGSC) at California State University, Chico. Her favorite author is David Sedaris, and she loves watching Wes Anderson movies. She is an avid surf fan and even admits to having a Fantasy Surf team. Kyleen currently resides in Chico, California, with her cat, Andy.
Eli Coyle is currently a graduate student of English studying creative writing at CSU, Chico. He enjoys reading and writing poetry about the natural world, familial and world history, and the wisdom of Eastern philosophy. When he graduates he plans on teaching English abroad in Southeast Asia where he’ll be able to travel, write about, and explore the world’s natural landscapes. Eli is a certified yoga instructor who teaches a few classes a week at the university gym. When he is not partaking in the literary arts, Eli enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and most other physical activities.
Native Floridian Mary Gibaldi now writes and lives in northern California with her husband and her dogs. She is a senior English major at California State University, Chico, and plans to continue her studies with a MA in language and literacy. Her passion for reading drives her to pursue college teaching where she hopes to inspire students to use the power of language to gain ground in their fields. When she isn’t writing or studying, she can be found at the farmer’s market, trying new vegan dishes, practicing yoga, and hiding from the world with old books and dark roast coffee.
Kael Heath is an English Studies major and creative writing minor at California State University, Chico. He enjoys exploring nature, amateur radio, and foreign languages, and hopes to teach English overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer after graduation. He is mostly a poet but also enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction. He hopes to publish a book in the future on Asperger’s Syndrome and Frontal Lobe Syndrome, and detail the various, unique ways in which they have impacted his life, as well as to raise awareness on these conditions. He spends his time between Chico and his hometown of San Diego.
Maggie Herlocker is in her last semester at Chico State, majoring in English Studies. She’s currently working on applications for MFA programs in fiction all across the country. She’s single handedly trying to bring back the Riot Grrrl movement and hopes to one day write for Saturday Night Live. She also hopes to maybe someday own a cat named Paul.
Gina Hiner currently attends Chico State pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in creative writing. Working with Watershed Review has revealed a love for editing she continues to explore. When not writing or editing she serves up sundaes at the local ice cream shop down the street.
Jeanette Keables is an undergraduate at CSU, Chico and will complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in the spring 2017 with a minor in Creative Writing. She is currently serving on the editorial staff for Watershed Review. An advocate for struggling students, she has tutored math and English at the elementary,junior high, and high school levels. She enjoys writing prose and poetry, perusing used bookstores, and hiking in Bidwell Park with her English Labrador, Gus. Jeanette considers her library card one of her most valuable assets.
Louis Melton is a Northern California replant with Southern California roots. He resides in Oroville, California, in the community of Kelley Ridge with his wife of 33 years, Karen, their three dogs, two birds, and a ferret named Rodney. He is currently a graduate student at Chico State. His short story “Rice and Beans” was recently published in Butte Community College’s literary magazine.
An undergraduate student of English Studies at Chico State University, Elizabeth Picard is a part-time writer and full-time creator. She works as a writing tutor and enjoys the versatile nature of the written word. Outside of writing (though often influencing her language), she is a seamstress of sorts, a tentative researcher of various cultural mythos, and a pursuer of daydreams.
Anna Porretta is an English and Journalism student at California State University, Chico. She openly enjoys Starbucks coffee, wearing leggings as pants, and all the other things that you might be too cool for. She hopes to one day live free of roommates, be financially stable, and be a proud dog-mom. She lives in Chico, California.
Ashley Redding is a music teacher and is currently working on completing her B.A. in English Education at CSU, Chico in hopes of teaching creative writing. She has had poetry published in Seven-Eighths Underwater and has won the Columbia University Gold Medal Award. When not working as an editor for Watershed Review, she is making furniture out of recycled materials to justify her thrifting and rummaging addiction.
Rachel Stewart is from the small, sometimes quaint town of Susanville, California. She currently attends CSU, Chico, pursuing her dream of becoming an English teacher. She has an overactive imagination, and often ends up daydreaming of future travel plans—sometime it's Africa, Egypt, or Peru. She runs on coffee and positivity.
Kennedi Turner is a student at CSU, Chico, currently pursuing a BA in English Literature and working as an editor for Watershed Review. She works part time and struggles not to spend all her money on YA romance novels.
Phone Vang is currently a senior and a full-time student at CSU, Chico pursuing his undergraduate in English Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. His main writing interest is poetry with hopes of being published someday.