Silk Road Assistant Editor: Sally Wies

Sally WiesMajor: Creative Writing

Graduation Year: 2016

How have the professors and English department at Pacific University influenced you?

Immersion in the Creative Writing program at Pacific was my specific aim in coming to Pacific as a Junior Transfer Student in the fall of 2014, but it was not reputation alone that convinced me to apply. During a transfer student event I had the opportunity to spend a half hour with Professor Brent Johnson, and his enthusiasm and accessibility bowled me over; I knew Pacific was the place for me. Every Professor I have come in contact with here at Pacific has shown this remarkable degree of connection to their students, and I relish the connection, the attention to my education, and the evident enjoyment of our Professors doing a job they so obviously love.

How do you think your time spent at Silk Road will transfer into the “real world?” What have you learned/hope to learn?

Through Silk Road I have discovered a passion for interviewing authors, and I plan to explore the “real world” possibilities of continuing this most enjoyable and satisfying endeavor.

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?

I happily admit I’m old-school: I want a book in my hands. For me, I love the physicality of a book. The heft, the smell, the anticipation associated with turning the pages, I want all of that when I’m reading. So I am afraid of a future filled only with e-books. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all against e-books. The accessibility of e-books to a larger public is fantastic. I just don’t want to see them push the physical book out the door. I visualize a world with both, but it most likely will only happen if those of us who cherish books fight for their continuance.

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

Literary confidence. What do I mean by that? Silk Road represents the confidence associated with knowing the importance of the written word.