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Giving to the Hopwood Program

Established in 1931, thanks to a generous bequest from Avery Hopwood, a Michigan alum (class of 1905) and one of the most popular dramatists of the Jazz Age, and from his mother, Jules Hopwood, Hopwood Awards in fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, and non-fiction have been made to more than three thousand gifted recipients, amoung them Arthur Miller, Betty Smith, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Hayden, Lawrence Kasdan, Edmund White, Gabrielle Civil, Brit Bennett, Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, and Jesmyn Ward, winners of Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards and the authors of such varied works as Death of a SalesmanA Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Salvage the Bones, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Over the decades, those writers and generations of other winners have received more than 4.5 million dollars in support from the Hopwood Program. Their subsequent careers are a testament to the value of such encouragement and to the generosity of Avery Hopwood and the hundreds of other donors who've added to the Hopwood fund and established the several other distinguished prizes adminstered by the Hopwood Program. We hope you'll consider joining us and them in sustaining the Hopwood Awards into their second century.

To discuss a donation to any of the other prizes and contests administered by the Hopwood Program, please contact

Hannah Ensor
University of Michigan
435 S. State St.
1176 Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 764-6296  |  ensorh@umich.edu