Silk Road Assistant Editor: Ian Scott
Hometown: Sheridan, Oregon
Graduation year: 2015
What impact have Pacific Universities English professors had on your choice of major/career path?
Pacific’s English professors have had a large influence on my career goals. Coming into Pacific as a freshman I only had a faint idea of what I wanted to do with my life, and then it had nothing to do with English or publishing. It was during my first creative writing course (unfortunately during my senior year) that I discovered I love fiction and want it to be my life. If it wasn’t for the encouragement of Dr. Mitra I doubt that I ever would have considered a career in writing, but now it is my dream job.
How do you think your time spent at Silk Road will transfer into the “real world”? What have you learned/hope to learn?
Well, as we are currently in the beginning stages of producing this next issue of Silk Road I am learning just how much work and effort goes into producing a single issue. However, I can honestly say I love reading submissions and just working on the magazine in general. Before this semester is over and I graduate I want to learn as much as I can about the publishing process, and working for a journal in the hopes that I can secure a job doing something similar.
Due to the popularity of digital media and e-books, what do you think might happen to book and magazine publishing in the future? Is there anything you would like (or are afraid) to see happen?
While I do recognize that the digital medium is growing I do not think that it will utterly replace printed books. I personally read both printed and digital books but my preference switches based on the situation. Books that I only intend to read once I prefer to have in a digital format; I honestly don’t have room for more books on my shelf. However, reading a physical copy provides benefits that digital doesn’t. For example people retain more information when reading physical copies rather than the digital counterparts. Plus I just love the smell of a good book, new or old. So, I don’t think that the printed format will die, nor do I think that the digital will take over. As with everything it will come to equilibrium.
What does Silk Road embody to you? What words would you use to describe Silk Road to someone who knows nothing about it?
I would describe Silk Road as a light spring morning with freshly dewed grass. It is hopeful and gently stirring like a warm breeze but guides you to places you would not expect.