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Hope Maxwell Snyder is this year’s Nora Roberts Writer-in-Residence. She is guest teaching in English and foreign languages and literatures department classes at Hood this semester — an introductory poetry workshop, an advanced fiction workshop and a Spanish language workshop. She will also give a reading from her work Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. in the College’s Whitaker Campus Center.

Maxwell Snyder is a versatile author who writes in a number of genres. Her poetry has appeared in professional journals and in two anthologies. She is also the author of a play, The Backroom; a novel, Orange Wine; a book of poetry and photographs, Strings of Broken Hearts; and two books of poetry, Chains and The Houdini Chronicles. Her recent projects include translating the work of Cuban poet Wendy Guerra and a poetry collection titled Blue Nights. She is the founder of Somondo Press and the founder and director of the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The Bogotá, Colombia, native earned a master’s degree in Spanish literature from The George Washington University, a second master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in Spanish medieval literature from the University of Manchester in England.

She is the recipient of several honors, including the first Donald Everitt Axinn Award in Poetry for Bread Loaf, three poetry fellowships for the Gettysburg Review's Conference for Writers and the Peter Taylor Fellowship in Poetry at The Kenyon Review's conference. She also coordinates The Gettysburg Review's Conference for Writers and is on the staff for Bread Loaf in Sicily.

The Nora Roberts Foundation Writer-in-Residence program is made possible in part by The Nora Roberts Foundation, which established an endowed fund to support a writer-in-residence. The program, a collaborative effort between the English and foreign languages and literatures departments, brings bilingual authors to team-teach in creative writing classes with Hood faculty, who have earned recognition in the areas of fiction, poetry, screen and play writing. Students benefit from having a variety of voices and cultural experiences in a workshop setting.

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