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About Hope

Hope (she/they) is a fat, disabled Jewish writer living in Cleveland, Ohio. She loves living by the lake (a great one, no less), collecting the worst retro games ever made, and tending to the fickle hydrangeas in her garden.

 

Hope grew up around the cornfields of Southwestern Ohio, where she eventually attended Wright State University. In 2013, she graduated summa cum laude as a General Studies Honors Scholar with a BA in English and Philosophy. During her tenure, Hope studied with Ohio authors Brady Allen and Katrina Kittle. In 2013, she won the Adam Cline Memorial Award for Fiction Writing.

 

In 2018, Hope immigrated to the Canadian prairie to attend the University of Saskatchewan's MFA in Writing program. Her thesis centered on the processing of grief, using fantasy as an allegorical, literary device. During her tenure, Hope earned the Hantelman Humanities Scholarship and the esteemed University Graduate Scholarship. She worked for the university and program in several capacities, including as social media manager for the River Volta Reading Series, managing editor of the program's newsletter, and editor for the River Volta Review of Books. She also ran a book club for middle-schoolers at the Saskatoon Public Library, focused on the fundamentals of writing fantasy fiction. Hope was privileged to work with Canadian writers Sheri Benning, Beverley Brenna, Jeanette Lynes, and Arthur Slade.

Currently, Hope is seeking representation for her thesis-turned-middle-grade-epic-fantasy, while working on a poetry collection and a speculative novella for adults. 

When not writing, Hope enjoys theme parks (particularly Disney World), video games (but mostly The Sims), and pinball: new or old. She is happily married to her husband, Daniel, and together, they are the fur-parents to three silly, little cats.

 

You can find Hope on Twitter: @HopeWritesStuff.

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