Volume 17


Editors in Chief

Keya Mitra & Kathlene Postma

Senior Fiction Editor

Lisa Loewenthal


Senior Nonfiction Editor

Tammy Dietz


Managing Editors

Karissa Mathae

Kayla Luttringer


Silk Road Work-Study

Kristen Buehner


Layout Editor

Cailyn Andreasen

Senior Poetry Editor

Matthew Minicucci


Senior Drama Editor

Elizabeth Tavares


Web & Online
Publishing Manager

Kayla Luttringer


Social Media Manager

Steven Childress


Web Platform Designer

Kelly Chastain

A special thanks to Shelley Washburne and Jennifer Scanlon at

Pacific University’s MFA program for their support!


Assistant Editors

Kristen Buehner, Darcy Christoffersen, Patrick Daniels, Wynton

Davis, Abby Godsil, Claire Pillsbury, Gillian

Reimann, Erin Rottweiler, Kimberly Su, Sara Villegas, Samantha




The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction,

translations, first chapters of novels, and drama all year round.

All rights revert to author upon publication.



Subscriptions for Silk Road include two print issues per year.



Silk Road (ISSN 1931-6933) is published semiannually by

Pacific University in Oregon and funded by the

Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Copyright © 2017 by Pacific University

Cover: “Nara: Prayer Papers and Straw” by Jayne Marek

Cover Design: Cailyn Andreasen