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 Pilgrimage, Prick of the Spindle, The Rumpus, Mutha Magazine, California Northern, The Superstition Review, The Southeast Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript of essays and a full-length collection of poems. Pape is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, curates community literary programming through the 1078 Gallery, and is a member of the Quion Collective, a local letterpress group.

Nathan Collins

Student Editor-in-Chief, Nathan Collins has completed degrees in Journalism and English and has worked with upstart and established publications, from community-based music, art, and culture zines to educational presses. He has served as a writer, editor, copy editor, and designer for web and print media. As an editor, he values a strong use of imagery coupled with self-conscious, purposeful choices in form and structure that, together, strike at something simple but essentially human. In design, he strives for a minimalist approach with a simple palette and strong shapes. He will graduate with a Master's degree in English Literature in Summer 2014. When he’s not in front of his work desk, he treks the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, writes poems about nature, and composes ambient and experimental guitar music.

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.

caroline cochran

Caroline Cochran was born and raised in Dallas, Texas before moving to the bay area of California. She will graduate with a BA in English from California State University, Chico in Spring 2014. Besides writing, Caroline loves hiking through Bidwell park and doting on her three cats.

eric dunk

Eric Dunk was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA. He currently attends CSU, Chico, where he is double majoring in English Literature and Philosophy, with a minor in Creative Writing. He is joining the MA program for Creative Writing at CSU, Chico in Fall 2014. He enjoys writing in all genres, reading incomprehensible philosophy, and playing chess and basketball. He stays up late and sleeps til noon.

allison galbreath

Allison Galbreath is currently a junior at California State University, Chico, majoring in English Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She works as a writing tutor in the Student Learning Center. Her interests include writing, reading, and martial arts.

matthew gimbel

Matthew Gimbel is a senior English major at CSU, Chico. Raised in the woods north of Chico, Matthew spends most of his free time writing fiction. His other interests include hiking, rock climbing, and watching television.


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.

taylor letofsky

Taylor Letofsky is a current student at Chico State. Majoring in English Studies with a Creative Writing minor she avoids regular classes in favor of workshopping. She has dabbled in writing for newspapers, but ultimately enjoys writing in her own voice with her own ideas. She works with first year students on campus as a Resident Advisor that adds to her lack of sleep and three a.m. writing adventures.

kelsi lowry

Kelsi Lowry is an undergrad student at CSU, Chico working towards a BA in English Studies. She is also obtaining a minor in Journalism as well as in Psychology. She loves to travel and hopes to get a job after graduating that will allow her to do so. Growing up in a small town in Northern California, Kelsi has always enjoyed the simple things in life. For fun she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending the majority of her time outdoors.

karissa lutes

Karissa Lutes is a full time student working on her BA in English Literature from CSU, Chico. As the oldest child of nine, her fictional poetry often focuses on the experiences that she gained from life at home. She transferred to CSU, Chico in the fall of 2013 from Frazier Park, a small town that not many have heard of in Southern California. For fun, she enjoys reading all genres of books, and hanging out with people met in Chico.

lauren phipps

Lauren Phipps is a first time editor for Watershed Review, but is no stranger to the literary community, finding joy in both writing and reading the works of others. Born and raised in Chico, CA, she has an AA in Language Arts from Butte Community College and is currently finishing her BA in English Studies at California State University, Chico. She is looking forward to continuing her studies by working toward a MFA in the near future.


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. She enjoys spending her spare time baking and trying new recipes, writing, and spending time with her roommates.

derek swain

Derek Swain received his undergraduate degree at CSU, Chico in English Education. He is currently in his second year of graduate school at CSU, Chico, studying Language & Literacy and teaching academic writing.

michael van steyn

Michael Van Steyn is a student at CSU, Chico, pursuing a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing. An undiscovered writer of short fiction stories and creative nonfiction, he is unpublished but excited to contribute to the world of literature. Michael practices the violin and occasionally writes in-depth reviews of video games, arguing that video games can sometimes be serious art.


Reid Wagner is in his final semester as an undergraduate at CSU, Chico. He has completed a major in English Studies and is working toward minors in Psychology and Linguistics while writing an honors thesis on sound symbolism. He works at CSU, Chico as a writing tutor and a busboy.


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 second year in graduate school at CSU, Chico. She is working towards getting her MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She received her BA in English Studies at CSU, Chico after transferring from Monterey Peninsula College. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys cooking, drinking tea, and watching baseball.