Hello everyone! My name is Ian York, and I am a senior at the University of North Georgia studying English with a concentration in Writing and Publication. I am also pursuing a minor in Japanese. I am beyond excited to learn about publishing and work with the UNG Press this semester. After graduation, I am interested in writing fiction, working in the publishing industry, and teaching English as a second language.
I grew up in a house filled with books, and I spent countless hours in the library as a child. My passion for reading, alongside my interest in writing, is what influenced me to study English. My program of study has given me many opportunities to develop my abilities as a writer, opportunities which have proven invaluable. Some of my favorite courses that I have taken include writing workshop courses that give me the opportunity to receive feedback on my writing, as well as offer my own feedback on the writing of my classmates. I have also loved studying Japanese for my minor and interacting and working with students in Japan via webcam.
Apart from my studies, I am also a student worker with UNG Postal Services. If you frequent the campus post office, I may have helped you at the window! In my free time, I love watching movies as well as reading about filmmaking and learning how my favorite films were made. And, of course, I enjoy reading. Some of my favorite books are Neverwhere and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Recently, I have enjoyed Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.