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 The New York TimesNew 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. 

elly editor

Elly Palmer is in her final semester at California State University, Chico, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English with a focus on literature. Poetry dabbler, Elly now mainly seeks to refine her reading and writing skills as she pursues her dream of being a copy editor, gaining motivation from her librarian grandmother and inspiration from her time spent as poetry editor, intern, and Web Editor for Watershed Review. In her spare time Elly reads, watches anime, freelance edits for fanfiction writers and authors both aspiring and published, and cuddles and comforts her co-dependent cats, Pippin and Vanyel.

chris editor

After six years abroad in the U.S. and four other countries, Christopher Busch developed a deep love for literature, the passion solidifying into a new goal: publication. Now he has returned to his home state to fulfill that desire, pursuing a bachelor's degree at CSU, Chico, in English Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. To do this, he cannot simply remain the passive reader he was before. He must become something else. He must become…an editor. And with the turn of a page, a new story begins.

Sam Cosmero

Sam Cosmero is a current student at CSU, Chico, wrapping up her senior year to receive her bachelor's in English in May 2019. She enjoys poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. She is from a small, agricultural town in central California where she helps run a non-profit animal rescue organization. This organization has helped her recognize the power of her own voice and how influential it can be through the progress that she has made and it has inspired her to become a writer and advocate for those who don’t have a voice. She currently works in a bookstore where you can find her reading and writing on her breaks. When she is not reading or writing she can be found doing yoga, spending time with friends, or listening and dancing to music.


Jazmin Gomez is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in English Studies at California State University, Chico. She is also a student editor for the university’s literary magazine, Watershed Review. While she’s pursuing her dreams to become a writer, Jazmin is also hoping to become an editor as well. She finds herself adding more books to her reading list, which she is certain will never really shrink. Although she truly loves the embrace of golden sunshine, the cool trees and blooming flowers, you can always find her listening to ghost stories, watching scary movies, or talking about her paranormal experiences.


Timmy Heffernan is an undergrad working towards a bachelor’s degree in English Studies and a minor in Creative Writing at California State University, Chico. Born and raised in the safe suburbia of southern Orange County, his early life mainly existed in SoCal, enjoying its trails and beaches. His time not spent on schoolwork is usually dedicated to making playlists, forcing his roommates to watch movies and shows they describe as “sad,” and finding concert tickets to deplete his bank account with. As an editor for Watershed Review, he’ll be focusing on nonfiction work, utilizing both the various literary courses he’s taken and his experience at Saddleback College’s magazine, Orange Appeal.


Jo Hooste is a queer, neurodivergent, nonbinary writer. They do not have to be good. Currently, they are the poetry editor of Watershed Review and a graduate student in California State University, Chico’s MA English program. Their work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Out of the Blue, and elsewhere. For the past twenty years they have been offering freelance dream interpretation. Like Jesus, they walk everywhere, but with noise canceling headphones.

skye editor

Skye Maldonado-Lopez is currently a senior English Education major at California State University, Chico. After graduating in December of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree, she intends to go into the credential program with the hope to become an English teacher. When school isn’t in session, Skye enjoys traveling and reading recreationally from the stack of books she accumulates throughout the school year because no matter how big the pile gets, she cannot resist purchasing any book that has been recommended to her from reliable sources (other bibliophiles) or that has an intriguing book cover, title, synopsis, or any combination of the three.


Allison Pacatte is currently attending California State University, Chico, where she is working towards her bachelor’s degree in English, Literature. Upon graduation in the spring of 2019, she hopes to return to her home city of San Francisco and begin her journey into the world of editing and publishing. When not exploring her inspiring and diverse city, she can be found in a café with an iced coffee in one hand and a book in the other. Her hobbies include photography, cuddling with her yellow lab, Maizy, and spending time with both her friends and family. She believes that life is always better with the windows rolled down, and that dancing and singing to your favorite song is the best medicine life has to offer.


Luis Perez is a transfer student from Shasta College, working on his B.A. in English Education here at California State University, Chico, along with his teaching credentials. Although he is planning on being an English teacher, Luis is also fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language. When he isn’t at school, he is working as an ASL interpreter at Gerber Elementary School. He enjoys working in the classroom setting and has always been fervid about English Literature.


Emily Ribeiro will be graduating from CSU, Chico with a BA in English Literature, and a minor in Creative Writing. She has worked as a student editor and intern on CSU, Chico’s Watershed Review, which has helped kindle her interest in the world of publishing. Although not yet published herself, she plans to work her way into the industry and help aspiring writers actualize their dreams of being published. You can find her on Instagram @paperbackdiaries for bookish pictures and reviews.


Audrey Roberts is a second year CSU, Chico, student majoring in English Studies who juggles watching Netflix in bed and sitting on the kitchen counter eating literally anything and everything. She also enjoys attempting to write novels and then erasing everything she’d just written. Audrey was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and still continues to visit home to see her family and her two small and very annoying dogs whom she loves with all her heart.


Odalis Mora Rojas was born and raised in sunny Santa Barbara, California and now resides in Chico, California, for school. When she’s not gossiping with the older residents and trying to avoid her responsibilities at the retirement home she works at, you can find her staring at a blank screen trying to get the creative juices flowing. She is currently a third year student at California State University, Chico, majoring in English Education and working towards a minor in creative writing. She hopes to graduate by Spring 2020 but her procrastination might choose otherwise.


Juliette Stoltz was born and raised in Sacramento, California, and is currently a senior at California State University, Chico, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Creative Writing. She works as a resident advisor in an on-campus residence hall and has fun mentoring her freshman students. Upon graduating in May 2019, she will move across the country to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans, focusing on fiction. Juliette enjoys playing the piano, baking cookies, running half marathons, and listening to Taylor Swift. She is enthusiastic about everything her future holds, both in and outside of the world of writing.


Riley Tippin enjoys a great many things; his taste is eclectic. When it comes to figuring out what he wants, however, things begin to make no sense. How can you put together an eclectic mirage of mildly connected ideas into one tangible creation? Well, that’s why he writes. In his writing, he can take a love of training, guitar, music, storytelling, comedy, and that extreme ego and arrogance from what seems like a dreamscape of “unlikely” into a reality of “this is happening.” One thing that really summarizes him comes from his good friend: “You’re very special in the sense that you have a lot of insecurities but at the same time can come off as really arrogant…it’s like…oh, of course you’re a writer.”