Mark Smith-Soto is a Costa Rican American poet/ playwright and professor of romance languages at the University of N.C. at Greensboro. The author of three books of poetry, his poems have appeared in Nimrod, Carolina Quarterly, Literary Review, Americas Review and the Kenyon Review, among other journals. He is the recipient of the North Carolina WritersÕ Network Year 2000 Persephone Competition award and the 2002 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints prize. His first full-length collection, Our Lives Are Rivers, was published in 2003 by Florida University Press. Several of his short plays, including A Night at the Bistro, A Private Hell and The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives, have been produced by the Greensboro PlaywrightsÕ Forum.