MARK SMITH-SOTO is professor of Spanish and editor of International Poetry Review at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Born in his father's hometown, Washington, D.C., and reared in his mother's native country, Costa Rica, he contributes new tonalities, by turns ironic, lyrical, or passionate, to the growing chorus of U.S. Latino poetry. His poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Louisville Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Rosebud, Southern Poetry Review, The Sun, and numerous other magazines. Award a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, he has published three prize-winning chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections, Our Lives are Rivers (University Press of Florida, 2003), and Any Second Now (Main Street Rag Publishing Co., 2006). His translation of the selected poetry of Costa Rican writer Ana Istarú, Fever Season, was published in 2010 by Unicorn Press.