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.

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 BA in English Literature from CSU, Chico in 2012 and is currently pursuing her MA 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.

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 currently in the CSU, Chico graduate program in English with a focus on creative writing and teaches first-year academic writing for the same school. He lives in the sleepy mountain town of Paradise, CA with his partner, Danae, and their three cats—Wendigo, Sasquatch, and Chupacabra. 

Jill J North

Student Prose Editor-in-Chief, Jill J. North is pursuing a MA in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. She received her BA 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.

Tomie Bitton

Tomie Anne Bitton is a graduate student studying English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. She is currently teaching academic writing and has taught beginning creative writing. After graduating in May 2015, she plans to pursue a PhD in English at Oklahoma State University. When she is not writing, reading, studying or teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Geoffrey Bogan

Geoffrey Bogan, a San Diego native, is in his last semester at CSU, Chico pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Studies with a minor Cinema Studies. He is currently writing a thesis on antiheroes in popular television, and enjoys walking through alleyways around Chico.

Sylvia Bowersox

Sylvia Bowersox is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and has been writing a column about her experience in the Synthesis. Her work has appeared in the 0 Dark Thirty Review, the CNR, and the Washington Post. Bowersox moved with her husband to Chico three years ago and is two semesters away from completing her master’s in creative writing from Chico State. She also performs spoken word with her band, The People You Die With.

Katherine Green

Katherine Green is an English Literature Major at CSU Chico, graduating in the Spring of 2016. She waits tables and sings in an 80's cover band in her spare time. She also writes for the Chico News and Review.

Tim Hayes

Tim Hayes is a graduate student at CSU, Chico, working on his MA in Creative Writing. He is mainly a fiction writer though he can be talked into writing a poem or two. Most of all he loves to play in language. To experiment with style and content and to push the boundaries all writers set for themselves. He currently teaches Introduction to Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. As well, he acts as an officer on the English Graduate Student Council. Finally, he loves, and hopes to own one someday, basset hounds.

Maritza Mora

Maritza Mora, a Los Angeles native, is a student at Chico State working on a degree in English Literature and a minor in creative writing.

Zach Phillips

Zach Phillips is a soon-to-be graduate of California State University, Chico, with a soon-to-be bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He served as a writer and editor for the university’s student-run newspaper, The Orion, and he is currently a poetry editor for Watershed Review. He also works as an editorial assistant for Chico State’s Public Affairs Department, so his writing ability ranges from news articles, to creative works, to institutional propaganda.

Marty Salgado

Marty Salgado is from Orange County, and currently resides in Chico, California. Salgado received his BA and MA in English with a focus in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico where he is an English instructor as well as a student editor for Watershed Review. Salgado is a nonfiction writer and focuses on his love of pop culture, the millenial generation and comedy.

Nathan Sandoval

Nathan Sandoval is writer of creative non-fiction and poetry. He is a graduate student emphasizing in Rhetoric and Composition within the Language and Literacy program at California State University Chico. He has a strong background in Philosophy. Writing and teaching has given him several opportunities, and he wishes to help others utilize language for their own goals and aspirations.

Charles Walker

Charles Walker completed his BA 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.

Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy Wallace, an original product of the Bay Area, currently resides in Northern California with his wife and three children. In his fictional writing life, Jeremy is always writing. Sadly, he doesn’t have a fictional life. At the moment, he is working on a course design for the imagined 21st century literature classroom that would push for multiliteracy, multimodality, and multivocality (Yeah, he made that up).

Natalie Windt

Natalie Windt received her PhD in the School of Hard Knocks with a minor in Street Cred. She is currently a senior in the undergraduate English Studies program at CSU, Chico. Her appreciation for the written word, be it on the page, the stage, a brick wall, or a bathroom stall, has only grown since becoming a poetry editor at Watershed Review. Catch her in the late, great Synthesis under her pen name “anonymous”, or ranting on Twitter and Wordpress where everyone is a writer.