Meet Our Editors

Sarah Pape

Sarah Pape teaches English and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review at Chico State. Her poetry and prose has recently been published in The Rumpus, Mutha Magazine, California Northern, The Superstition Review, The Southeast Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses. Her chapbook, Road Z, was published by Yarroway Mountain Press. Committed to community arts and literary collaboration, she is on the board of the 1078 Gallery and leads creative writing workshops.

Stan Upshaw

Student Poetry Editor-in-Chief, Stan Upshaw is a student and poet living in Chico, California. He appreciates poetry that is bold and surprising in image.  He looks to James Wright and Charles Simic as influences.  He will be pursuing an MFA in creative writing in 2014.  He lives with his wife, Margie, and children, Johanna and Leo. 

Nathan Collins

Student Prose Editor-in-Chief, Nathan Collins has completed degrees in Journalism and English and has worked with multiple campus-based and freelance publications in education, creative writing, music, and the arts. He has served as a writer, editor, copy editor, and designer. As an editor, he values a strong use of imagery coupled with self-conscious, purposeful choices in form and content. In design, he strives for a minimalist approach, with a simple palette and strong shapes. Nathan will graduate with a Master's degree in English Literature in May 2014. His thesis focuses on Henry David Thoreau’s Walden-by-the-sea, Cape Cod, in an analysis of the variations of individualism within American culture. He plans to continue his studies in American literature while seeking out opportunities in the publishing world. When he isn't being a professional, he hikes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, writes poems, and plays guitar.

Athena Murphy

Web Editor, Athena Murphy is a native of the Ojai Valley. She spent her younger days as a dedicated theater rat and unabashed bookworm. She received her B.A. in English Literature from CSU, Chico in 2012 and is currently a second-year graduate student with a focus on American Literature and Humor Studies. In addition to working as the web editor for the Watershed Review, she is the acting President of the English Graduate Student Council, an Instructor of Record for the Department of English, and a recipient of the Graduate Equity Fellowship. In her rare-but-much-appreciated downtime, she indulges in good tea and books that make her laugh.


Dani Fernandez received her B.A. in English from California State University, Chico in 2013 and is currently in her first semester as a graduate student. In the English department, she works as an English 30 writing mentor and as an intern for the Watershed Review. She writes creative nonfiction centering on themes of health, pain, and family.

Tim Hayes

Timothy R. Hayes is in his final semester as an undergraduate at CSU, Chico majoring in English. He will continue his studies in English as a graduate student with a focus on Creative Writing, where he will begin the journey to become an instructor to incoming freshmen. He is both excited and a little nervous at the prospect of leading his own classroom. Tim belongs to a professional novel writing group and is currently working on a steampunk/alternate history novel. In the free time he sometimes finds, Tim relaxes with a good book and some refreshment. Also, he loves Bassett Hounds.


Brooke Hespeler is a senior English major with a minor in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. Her work has been published in the Santa Fe Writer's Project Journal and she was a finalist for their 2013 Nonfiction Award. She also writes a weekly political opinion column entitled, "Taking Aim," which appears in the River News Herald. She is an aspiring writer whose ultimate goal is to write novels for and about LGBT teens and young adults. Her hobbies include ice skating, origami, and watching silly cat videos on the Internet.


Nick Sfarzo is a senior at CSU, Chico majoring in English Education with a minor in Creative Writing. After he graduates in the spring of 2013, he plans to acquire his teaching credential and Master’s degree at a yet-to-be-decided school. Nick was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Belmont California. He loves reading anything he can dig his mind into, with an emphasis on the reading and writing of poetry. When he’s not buried in schoolwork or rattling thoughts off into poems, he can be heard in his living room plucking the banjo, picking the mandolin, or slappin’ the bass.


Robyn Stevens is currently a junior at CSU, Chico, planning to graduate in Fall 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Studies and a minor in Creative Writing.  She ultimately hopes to end up in Southern California with a career in editing and publishing, and to one day be published herself.  She enjoys spending her spare time baking and trying new recipes, writing, and spending time with her roommates.


Reid Wagner is in his final year as an undergraduate at CSU, Chico. He has completed a major in English Studies and is working toward minors in Psychology and Linguistics. He works at CSU, Chico as a busser and a writing tutor. When not on campus he is writing an honors thesis on sound symbolism and playing copious amounts of video games.


Dani Weast is a writing mentor at CSU, Chico in first-year Composition and as the writing advisor for an introductory Geography course during her final year as an English graduate student with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Years working in customer service at local Chico businesses have exposed her to a spectrum of contrasting personalities, which serve as great inspiration for her short stories. Dani’s writing is influenced by contemporary authors like Joan Didion and Junot Díaz, with whom she shares an interest in the exploration of themes like social displacement and the complexity of personal relationships. Her work is largely based on her immediate experience as she strives to make connections between identity and the unspoken laws preserved by our lizard brains, which govern the collective mind of the masses.

Kris Wheat

Kris Wheat is currently finishing her first year in graduate school at CSU, Chico. She is working towards getting her Master’s in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English Studies at CSU, Chico after transferring from Monterey Peninsula College. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys cooking, drinking tea, and watching baseball.