Hope Maxwell Snyder was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She earned an MA in Spanish Literature from George Washington University, an MA in Latin American Literature from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Spanish Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester in England. Her poems  have appeared in Alehouse Press, The Comstock Review, The Gettysburg Review, International Poetry Review, OCHO, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and other journals. She is the founder of Somondo Press and the founder and director of the Sotto Voce Poetry Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.