Silk Road Assistant Editor: Emily Van Vleet

Emily Van Vleet photoMajor: Creative Writing/Political Science

Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR

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

As part of the poetry team I look for pieces that take risks, but at the same time the risks have to be successful. Strong imagery and word choice are both important, particularly in poetry because there are so few words in each piece. However a piece can have the best word choice and imagery in the world, but if the piece doesn’t have some sort of underlying meaning I’m still going to feel like it’s missing something.

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

If money wasn’t an object I would love to be an ice cream tester (who wouldn’t). On a more serious note I would love to have a versatile career where I can dabble in lots of different things. As a Creative Writing/Political Science double major I don’t think I could be satisfied by just one job. Ultimately I just want to meet lots of interesting people, travel to places I have never seen, and learn as much as I can about the world.

Are there any writers or pieces that have influenced you?

In elementary school I loved Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, but in high school my favorite books were Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. More recently I read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and loved the rich characters and gripping plots.

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

To me Silk Road embodies a wide range of perspectives and writing styles. Our focus on inviting in diverse perspectives makes Silk Road stand out. Silk Road also captures a feeling of serenity and peace in many of the pieces we publish.