Best American Essays 2020 has cited two Mount Hope authors in its list of "Notable Essays of 2019": About Boredom, by Cicily Bennion, and Life Is An Island, by Don Lago. These are Mount Hope's fourth and fifth such honors in the past six years.
"When you’re living a creative life you can shelter in a place by nature—and also, after the accident, I became a bit of a hermit for a few years—and you get into a solitary rhythm. "
"Being a poet and a creative
person is something I've always been. I didn't expect to fall into
the business world. I didn't ever imagine being a restaurateur."