The Poet and the Poem
Featured Esperanza Hope Snyder
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Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Esperanza Hope Snyder has also lived in Tuscany, Madrid, and West Virginia. Her poems and translations have appeared in Blackbird, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, International Poetry Review, Free State Review, Poetry Northwest, South Florida Poetry Journal, The Southern Review, and other journals. Honors include the Donald Everitt Axinn Award in Poetry for Bread Loaf and poetry fellowships for The Gettysburg Review and The Kenyon Review. Former Writer in Residence at Hood College and former Poet Laureate of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Esperanza founded and directed the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival. She's also the founder of Somondoco Press (www.somondocopress.com) and of The Society for Creative Writing at Shepherd University (www.shepherd.edu/societyforcreativewriting) where she served as Poet in Residence. Assistant Director of Bread Loaf in Sicily, co-coordinator of the Lorca Prize (www.lorcalatinxpoetryprize.org) Esperanza is the author of the poetry collection, Esperanza and Hope (Sheep Meadow Press), a play, The Back Room, and two novels, Orange Wine and Holy Viagra. In the spring of 2023 Seagull Books will be publishing her co-translation (with Nancy Naomi Carlson) of Wendy Guerra's Delicates.