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: Passages NorthEcotone, 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.

Matthew Skripek

Web Editor, 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.

Nicholas Monroe

Student Poetry Editor-in-Chief, Nicholas Monroe received his BA in English Education from CSU, Chico in 2013. He is about to graduate with his MA in English from the same institution at the end of the 2015 calendar year. He currently resides in the sleepy mountain town of Paradise, CA, with his partner, Danae, and their three cats—Wendigo, Sasquatch, and Chupacabra. He is a poet warlord, a legendary beastmaster, and a facial hair enthusiast.

Kyleen Bromley

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 a writer for Upgraded Living, a local magazine. Kyleen teaches academic writing as well as a support workshop at CSU, 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, CA, with her cat, Andy.

Sophia Gray

Sophia Gray was born in Minnesota, and studied at Smith and Harvard. She received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures. She has lived, studied, and taught abroad in nine countries (in Europe, Asia, North Africa and Latin America) as well as in the States and has traveled in more than forty countries (once with a Fulbright Travel Grant). In recent years she has been taking courses at CSU, Chico, focusing largely on creative writing. While much of her writing concerns other places she has lived (especially India and Nicaragua, where she served in the Peace Corps), she also writes about her small town in Northern California and family matters. Although she started writing enthusiastically in grade school, in her twenties she decided to put off writing until she was eighty and “would surely have something to say by then.” Now in her seventies, she is working hard to prepare for her writing career.

Gina Hiner

Gina Hiner currently attends Chico State pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in creative writing. Working on Watershed Review has revealed a love for editing that she wishes to continue exploring. When not writing or editing she spends her days making scrumptious sundaes for the people of Chico.

Maggie Macfarlane

Maggie Macfarlane was born and raised in beautiful Stockton, CA, and received her degree in Liberal Studies from CSU, Chico in 2015. When she is not editing poetry for Watershed Review, she can be found bagging your groceries at the local store.

Marta Shaffer

Marta Shaffer is completing her MA in English Literature at Chico State, where she received first place in the poetry category for the 2015 Intro Journals Project Award. Marta was published in the Chico News & Review as the winner of their 2015 Poetry 99 contest. She has authored a self-published chapbook called Cans of Soup that received critical recognition from local news. She has previous magazine experience working as Assistant Editor for Éire-Ireland, an academic journal for Irish culture and literature out of Boston. She hails from Minnesota.

Michael Van Steyn

Michael Van Steyn is an undergrad at Chico State, currently pursuing a degree in English and a minor in creative writing. An undiscovered writer of short fiction and creative nonfiction, he is unpublished but is excited to contribute to the world of literature. In his off time, Michael practices the violin and occasionally writes in-depth reviews of video games under the argument that “video games can sometime be serious art.”

Jer Xiong

Jer Xiong is an undergraduate pursuing a BA in English with minors in Asian Studies and Creative Writing. When not studying, she works as a writing tutor and a civic mentor. She is also part of several organizations on campus that promote higher education, cultural awareness, and languages and literature. She writes mostly fiction, but has had her poetry published in Multicultural Echoes. In the spring of 2016, she will be studying abroad in India.