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If there is a place where the wild beasts live, where they roam among exotic trees and drink from streams before choosing the spot where they shall sleep at night, if there is such a free inviting place, I’d like to make it home for you and me.
— Hope Maxwell Snyder

spanish translations Published in poetry northwest

Translations of "Peninsular Psalm" and "Trip Inverted" by Cuban poet Wendy Guerra were recently published in Volume IX, Winter & Spring 2015

CUTTHROAT poetry contest

Hope earns Honorable mention in in Cut Throat's 2014 Poetry Contest.

Bread Loaf in sicily, september 20-26 2015 

Bread Loaf in Sicily is an intensive seven-day writers' conference held in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily. Featuring five workshops with six participants in each group, the conference provides a small group of writers with a concentrated and personalized Bread Loaf experience.  Hope Maxwell Snyder holds a position on their staff. You can find select photographs from her time there on her photography page, here

"My Father's Letter" Featured in Poetry Daily august, 17 2015





This week at the Poetry Blog of 32 Poems Magazine my interview with poet Hope Snyder was posted. She’s a contributor to the magazine and was a delight to interview. I’m especially impressed with her answer about what writing manuals and workshops have helped her most.

First, let me tantalize you with a bit from the interview, and then you can go on over and check the rest out for yourself.

Without further ado, here’s the interview....

Most writers will read inspirational/how-to manuals, take workshops, or belong to writing groups. Did you subscribe to any of these aids and if so which did you find most helpful? Please feel free to name any “writing” books you enjoyed most (i.e. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott).

Read the full Interview with Hope 



Shepherd University will host the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival October 1-3 in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Center and the Scarborough Library. The festival, now in its sixth year, began as a Mid-Atlantic festival and has now gained participants nationwide.

The 2010 festival will feature readings, lectures, workshops, and a question and answer session hosted by Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey. Other speakers include Edward Hirsch, best selling author; Michael Collier, director of Bread Loaf; Peter Stitt, editor of The Gettysburg Review; Amy Holman, and Deborah Ager. This year, the festival will offer a new workshop, concentrating on yoga and poetry, which will be hosted by Christa Mastrangelo Joyce at Mellow Moods in Shepherdstown.

Read more on Shepherd's Website here



Shepherdstown Resident and poet Hope Maxwell-Snyder established the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival in 2005, with the intent to add a missing element to this arts-rich area: a large-scale annual poetry event with free readings and inexpensive workshops. For people with full-time jobs, it's a chance to drop out of the stressful world of making a living and drop into a three-day weekend of poetry- lectures, readings, workshops, and casual conversation with well-known poets and writers: this year, Ellen Bryant Voight, Andrew Hudgins, Michael Collier, Stanley Plumly, Peter Stitt and Hope Maxwell-Snyder. It's a chance to meet fellow writers who are just getting started or editors from journals where you would like to see your own work published- and to put lines on paper. I can promise this, because I attended the first Sotto Voce- Italian for "soft voice" or "under the voice"- Poetry Festival in 2005, and every one since.