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 or are forthcoming in: Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, The Pinch, The Nervous Breakdown, decomP, The Collapsar, Pilgrimage, Prick of the Spindle, The Squaw Valley Review, The Superstition Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She curates community literary programming through the 1078 Gallery and is a member of the Quoin Collective, a local letterpress group.

eric dunk

Student Poetry Editor-in-Chief, Eric Dunk was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA. He received his undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Philosophy from CSU, Chico. He is currently working towards his Master’s degree in creative writing from CSU, Chico. His poetry constitutes philosophical inquiries, imagery, and lyricism. Eric enjoys studying chess, playing basketball, and wine tasting. A good book and some coffee in the early morning is always nice too.

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 pursuing her M.A. in English Literature, focusing on American literature and humor. In addition to working as the web editor for the Watershed Review, she is a recipient of the Graduate Equity Fellowship and an active member of the English Graduate Student Council. In her rare-but-much-appreciated downtime, she indulges in good tea and books that make her laugh.


Sylvia Bowersox first went to Iraq in 2003 as a US Army broadcast journalist. She was stationed in Mosul and Baghdad, but reported from Coalition outposts around the country. A year in Iraq wasn’t enough, so she returned to Baghdad as a civilian, spending almost two years working in the US Embassy as a State Department press officer. Sylvia received her BA in English literature from San Francisco State University, and is currently completing her MA in creative writing at California State University, Chico. She lives with her husband Jon, her son Holden, a dog, and two cats.


Lauren Duenas, originally from Southern California, has studied at Butte Community College receiving an associate’s degree in language arts. Currently, she is working toward her bachelor’s degree in English Studies with a minor in creative writing at California State University, Chico.


Tiffany Jordanne is in her final year as an undergraduate at California State University, Chico, majoring in English Studies and Humanities and minoring in Spanish and Linguistics. She works as a secretary, a Spanish tutor, a writing tutor, and plans to pursue an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics. After becoming an EMT and working in an emergency room for two years, she discovered that the healthcare field was simply not for her and decided to pursue subjects that have always captivated her. Her main focus is poetry, but she enjoys writing short stories and has an aspiration to one day write novels. When she is not focused on work and school, she enjoys spending time at home reading, playing video games, and spending time with her loved ones.


Nicholas Monroe received his B.A. in English Education from CSU, Chico in 2013. He is currently in the CSU, Chico graduate program in English with a focus on creative writing, teaches first-year academic writing for the same school, and is a student editor for Watershed Review. Nicholas is looking to join an MFA program for the Fall of 2015. He lives in the sleepy mountain town of Paradise, CA with his partner, Danae, and their three cats—Wendigo, Sasquatch, and Chupacabra.


Jill North is pursuing a M.A. in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. She received her B.A. in literature from CSU, Chico in 2014. She resides in the small town of Cottonwood, California where she owns a boarding and training facility for dogs. She also helps run her family’s small ranch raising grass-fed cattle. When she is not writing, Jill can be found enjoying nature with her girlfriend and their crazy canines.


Ashley Penning is currently pursuing a Studio Arts degree at CSU, Chico. Her paintings have been featured in Watershed Review, where she is now currently a student art editor. She has a love for stories, and they often inspire subjects for paintings. When she isn’t working on an art project, she crochets and plays keyboard in a band with her fiancé.


Matthew Skripek is a native of northern California where he lives with his partner, Shelby. He writes poetry but is known to drift into prose when line breaks feel dishonest. His free time is spent reading, running, hiking, playing guitar, and feeding a ravenous obsession with heavy metal. He is currently pursuing an MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing at CSU, Chico.


Charles Walker completed his B.A. in English Studies with a creative writing minor from CSU, Chico in the spring of 2012. He is currently in his third and final year of graduate school at CSU, Chico with a focus in creative writing. His thesis project is comprised of three short stories about characters navigating and questioning their environment and place.


Natalie Windt is the mother to several vicarious children. It took her ten years to graduate from junior college, so fingers crossed she’ll make it out of the university in less than five. Her claim to fame is being that epileptic girl at the party. When she met Alice Cooper she noted that he is much smaller in concert than in real life. You cannot convince her otherwise; she believes that sheep count her in their sleep. She lives to write and loves to eat. You can currently find her publishing rants on Facebook and Wordpress. Because those count.