Hope Maxwell Snyder, Assistant Director of Bread Loaf in Sicily, was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her most recent book of poetry is Esperanza and Hope. She received an MA from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Spanish Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester. She has lived in Italy and Spain. Hope’s poems and translations have appeared in Alehouse Press, Blackbird, Comstock Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, International Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, and other journals. Honors include poetry fellowships for the Gettysburg Review Conference for Writers and the Peter Taylor Fellowship in Poetry at the Kenyon Review Conference. Former Writer in Residence at Hood College, she is Poet Laureate of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.