ABOUT HOPE

 photo credit : Piccadilly Posh

photo credit : Piccadilly Posh

A native of Colombia, South America, Hope received an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Johns Hopkins, another MA in Spanish Literature from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester. Hope is a writer and academic now located in Shepherdstown West Virginia, where she is Poet Laureate. Hope is the Assistant director of the Bread Loaf Conference in Sicily, and is also the founder of Somondoco Press, a small independent publishing company that published poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. Her most recent collection of her own poems, Esperanza and Hope, was published through Sheep Meadow Press, and is available this September, 2018.

Hope has a novel, Orange Wine, as well as four books of poems, The Houdini Chronicles, Chains,  Strings of Broken Hearts, Esperanza and Hope, and a play, The Backroom.  Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Alehouse Press, The Comstock Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Poetry Society of America, OCHO, Poetry Northwest, 32 Poems, Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. Hope’s honors include the first Donald Everitt Axinn Award in Poetry for Bread Loaf, the first scholarship to attend Bread Loaf in Sicily, three poetry fellowships for the Gettysburg Review’s Conference for Writers, and the Peter Taylor Fellowship in Poetry at The Kenyon Review’s Conference. In 2014, she coordinated The Gettysburg Review’s Conference for Writers. In 2016, Hope was the Writer-in-Residence at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She was featured in the Latino/a Poetry Round Table Discussion hosted by the Poetry Society of America, and founded and directed the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival for eight years in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.