Congratulations to these students, some who are LSA students majoring in Creative Writing and Literature in the RC, and others who have been in the RC since their first semester at U-M. Kudos for achieving this prestigious honor, and for joining a very elite group of former winners whose work indelibly impacts our world. 

HOPWOOD UNDERGRADUATE POETRY
Kristina Perkins (Senior)
Kathleen Janeschek (Senior)
Nadia Mota (Junior)

HOPWOOD UNDERGRADUATE NONFICTION
Kathleen Janeschek (Senior)
Maggie McMillin (Senior)
Elena Ramirez-Gorski (Sophomore)

LEONARD AND EILEEN NEWMAN WRITING PRIZE IN FICTION
Maggie McMillin (Senior)
Emilia Prado (Junior)

STANLEY S. SCHWARTZ PRIZE
Claire Wood (Senior)

THE HELEN J. DANIELS PRIZE
Kathleen Janeschek (Senior)

These honors will be confered on April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheatre. Janet Leahy will deliver the Hopwood Lecture following the announcement of the awards at the Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Awards Ceremony. Leahy is a graduate of UCLA’s school of film and television, and has written and produced for shows such as Mad Men, Cheers, and Gilmore Girls, among others. There will be a Q&A with Ms. Leahy on April 17 at 2pm at Angell Hall 1176 (The Hopwood Room). 

The Hopwood Program administers the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards in writing as well as 3 fellowship competitions, 6 poetry contests, and 16 special prizes. The program was endowed by Avery Hopwood, a popular American dramatist and member of the Michigan Class of 1905. Mr. Hopwood bequeathed one-fifth of his considerable estate to the University of Michigan with the stipulation that it be used to encourage creative writing among students. During the years that have passed since the first Hopwood Awards were made in 1931, we have been able to award a cumulative total of well over $3,000,000 to more than 3,200 gifted writers. Former winners include Arthur Miller, John Ciardi, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Hayden, Lawrence Kasdan, Jane Kenyon, Frank O’Hara, Marge Piercy, Edmund White, and Nancy Willard. The program is currently directed by Professor Michael Byers.