About the Jurors

Maura Snell is Co-Founder, Poetry & Art Editor of the Tishman Review is from a small town just north of New York City, but now calls Massachusetts and Vermont her home. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Red Paint Hill Quarterly, MomEgg Review, Brain Child Magazine, and in several anthologies. In addition to her work at TTR, she is Associate Editor with The Golden Shovel Anthology honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) and teaches poetry writing and critique to incarcerated teen girls. If she has any free time at all, she’ll spend it sleeping in her hammock.

Cynthia FrancaCynthia Franca is the author of a book of Brazilian poetry, Poetic Treasure, published in Brazil. She is a local contributing artist/writer who has shared her bi-lingual poetry, storytelling artist talks and paintings at community arts events in the MetroWest. Cynthia has coordinated the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Poetry Anthology Project, whose book launch was in November 2015. She has participated of the project Poetry on the Trail in Hopkinton in 2015 and 2016, with poems published in the two editions of the project. She is the co-director of the Creative Circles – Art for All!,  the community art program launched in February 2017, in partnership with Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), The program offers artists’ talks and special exhibitions at the HCA. Website: www.creativecirclesart.com.

Cynthia holds a bachelor degree in Social Communication in Media and Advertising, an MBA in Marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.