Meet an Editor: Joshua Young

josh1What do you look for in a Silk Road piece (or any writing)?

First I look at the language itself, for indications of the author’s mastery and sense of aesthetics.  I will follow a skillful guide just about anywhere. Afterwards there are some factors which consistently win me over: anything that overcomes the mundane instead of celebrating it; insight, or else an unusual yet consistent perspective and/or sensibility; to treat one’s characters/subject with compassion, without succumbing to sentimentality; a complete lack of moral, social, and/or political agenda.

Also, all cats must be treated exceptionally well by the universes they are made to inhabit. I allow no wiggle room on this point.

If you could have ANY job once you graduate, what would you love to do? Money is no object.

I would want only to write, and to read, and to work for no one.

Do you have any authors (or pieces of literature) that inspire you?

Anne Sexton’s “Flee on Your Donkey,” Carolyn Forché’s “The Colonel,” and Denis Johnson’s “This is Tuesday, Your Exam was Thursday” rank among my favorite poems. My favorite authors include Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Philip K. Dick, Joan Didion, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Cormac McCarthy, Herman Melville, Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, and several more others than anyone would feasibly care to know.

What does Silk Road embody to you? What words would you use to describe Silk Road to someone who knows nothing about it?

Among the first of many testing grounds for voices of diverse backgrounds, which can lead to some truly splendid moments of convergence.

Majors: Creative Writing & Literature

Graduation Year: 2016