CSU, Chico News

“Watershed” Literary Magazine Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Date: 05-01-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

“Watershed,” California State University, Chico’s literary magazine, is celebrating 30 years of continuous publication with a special reading of past and current contributors published in the anniversary double issue this spring. The reading will take place on Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. in room 210 of the Bell Memorial Union. A reception will follow.

The anniversary issue will be available at the reading. It will include a retrospective, “Thirty from Thirty,” guest edited by Ellen Walker, founder of the Literary Editing and Publishing Certificate Program at CSU, Chico and faculty advisor to “Watershed” for its first 24 years. Students in the certificate program edit and produce the magazine as part of their training.

“Rereading thirty years of “Watersheds” was a great pleasure,” said Walker. “I was delighted to be reminded of how much vibrant and vital writing it has presented and how well the student editors did their work to make each issue an integrated and attractive literary record.”

Since its inaugural issue in spring 1977, “Watershed” has provided a forum for more than 1,500 local and regional writers and a practical learning experience for almost 500 student editors. Its longevity makes “Watershed” one of the oldest, continuously published, student-edited literary magazines in the United States, according to Casey Huff, the current coordinator of the certificate program.

CSU, Chico president Paul J. Zingg provided a congratulatory note for the special issue, in which he praises the magazine’s “currency as a forum for creative expression and vibrancy as a learning experience for the magazine’s student editors.” Of the learning experience, he also writes, “That learning has extended well beyond technical skills. It centers on understanding the important role that “Watershed” plays in the cultural life of our university and region and developing the ability to make the design and content choices to support that role. In many respects, the medium is the message, and “Watershed” delivers a strong message about community connection and enrichment.”

“Watershed” is supported by Instructionally Related Activities funding, the Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. For more information about the magazine, the reading or the certificate program, contact Casey Huff (chuff@csuchico.edu), Department of English, at 530-898-5983.