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 is forthcoming in: New England Review, Passages North, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, Bluestem, The Pinch, Smartish Pace, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Her chapbook, Ruination Atlas, was published this year (dancing girl press). She curates community literary programming and is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. 

alyssa cox

Alyssa Cox is a third-year undergraduate student studying English and Recreation Therapy at California State University, Chico. While mostly a poet, she has dabbled in fiction and novel-writing (with varied success). Her months living in Bangalore, India, feel more and more like a dream, but she is determined to escape California again. When she’s not studying or working she’s enjoys getting pleasantly lost while hiking, watching obscure movies, and starting art projects she rarely finishes.

jazmin gomez

Jazmin Gomez is an undergraduate pursuing her degree in English Studies at California State University, Chico. She is a student editor for the university’s literary magazine, Watershed Review. While she works towards her goal of becoming an editor, she writes in her spare time to share her stories, hoping to be published one day so people can connect to them, just as she has when reading the work of others. She currently lives in Chico as she finishes school, but finds herself dreaming about the SoCal sunshine and beaches. 

julia martinez

Julia Martinez is finishing her last year of undergraduate studies in English Education at Chico State. When she isn’t in class, you can find her at the gym, going to concerts, or waiting tables serving people lobster and cheddar bay biscuits. She looks forward to pursuing her dream of becoming a high school English teacher. After having spent the past four years at Chico State majoring in English Education with a focus in creative writing, Julia feels confident in her ability to help teach students write poetry, creative fiction, and creative nonfiction.

zeth martinez

Zeth Martinez is a graduate student seeking his Masters in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico, and is certainly human. He has been published in the 9th volume of Multicultural Echoes and is on the editorial board of Watershed Review. Both would agree he’s a real-life human being with recently upgraded prehensile grip. He has only recently realized most of his stories revolve around death, which may speak lowly of his self-analysis and reflection units. A fellow human has described him as “an emotionless robot.” Zeth simply replied, “[Insert Response 13-B].” It was an acceptable response given default factory settings.

kelsey ogle

Kelsey Ogle was born in San Bernardino, California, and raised in Rialto, California. She was born prematurely at twenty-five weeks and has cerebral palsy. Her physical limitations led her to develop a strong imagination and a love of reading fiction and telling and writing stories of her own. She is currently an undergraduate English major with double minors in creative writing and journalism at Chico State (Class of 2020) and she is a member of the editing team for Chico State’s online literary magazine, Watershed Review. She wants to make a living as a young adult fiction writer, but plans to go into the journalism, literary editing, or teaching field in the meantime. Ogle enjoys classic rock, punk, alternative rock, post hardcore, and country music. She likes to make soundtracks that tie in with the plots of her stories to help enrich the reading experience.

elly palmer

Elly Palmer is currently attending California State University, Chico, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English with a focus on literature. Writer of poetry in her formative years, Elly now seeks to refine her reading and writing skills as she pursues her dream of being a copy editor. Seeking to make her dream a reality, Elly is honing her editorial eye for detail as a member of the editorial board for Watershed Review. In her spare time Elly reads, cuddles her cats, and freelance edits for fanfiction writers and authors both aspiring and published.

alec pantaleoni

Alec Pantaleoni is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in English Studies. Alec enjoys classical music, history, video games, and movies. He is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Alec keeps the company of several critters and is an avid user of the Oxford comma.

anna porretta

Anna Porretta is mere months from her B.A. in English Studies from CSU, Chico. She works in marketing, is a student editor for Watershed Review, and has served on the editorial board of The Orion. She is originally from New Jersey but managed to escape to California without the accent (though she does a fantastic impression). At 8, when asked what she wanted to be when she grows up, she responded not with "doctor" or "firefighter" or "astronaut," but with "writer"—which earned her confused looks from the rest of her 3rd grade class. Today, she responds to that question with the same answer and often receives the same reaction.

emily ribeiro

Emily Ribeiro is an undergraduate at Chico State with plans to graduate with a BA in English Literature (yikes), and hopes to pursue a career in publishing and editing. She is currently an editor for her campus’ literary magazine, Watershed Review. Emily loves reading bad fantasy/paranormal YA, writing similarly bad YA fiction (and the random personal essay), and has an unhealthy obsession with cats (and Marvel, for which her cat Thor is named). When she’s not drowning in school work, reading, or writing, she can be found asking her boyfriend to do the dishes or telling her dog Ellie not to eat plastic. 

nicholas shi

Nicholas Y. Shi is a man who, after a moment of enlightenment inside his bathroom, realized that writing about his troubles is much more helpful than silently screaming them at the bathroom mirror. Currently studying at CSU, Chico, he is a prose editor for Watershed Review and oh-so glad that he is no longer living with his parents in China. Looking up to all the men and women who were able to craft a bestseller, he aims to join those men and women eventually. But worry not, his work doesn’t only consist of the rantings of a young man who can not withstand much of his life—only four out of five of them are.

tiana villery

Tiana Villery is currently an undergraduate at California State University, Chico, pursuing a degree in English Literature, while simultaneously enjoying the Religious’ Studies Program. Tiana’s long-terms goals include securing a career in the editing and publishing field, owning a multitude of small cottages, and mastering her mother’s recipes. Her short-term goals include mastering her pizza making skills, focusing her camera, critically analyzing television shows, and discussing religious allegories within literature. When she’s got spare time, Tiana is daydreaming about the beach or what’s for dinner.