We’re happy to announce next year’s speakers. Antonya Nelson will read at the Hopwood Underclassmen Awards Ceremony on January 30 at 3:30 in the Rackham Amphitheatre. She is the author of four novels, including Living to Tell and Bound, and seven short story collections, including Some Fun, Nothing Right, and, most recently, Funny Once. Her short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, Harper's, and other magazines. They have been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, as well as in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.
Janet Leahy will be the speaker at the Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2017 at 3:30 PM in the Rackham Amphitheater. Janet was a graduate of UCLA’s school of film and television. She started her career as a secretary on the situation comedy, Newhart and went on to become a freelance writer for the series. From there she spent eighteen years as a comedy writer, producing, writing and executive producing for series such as Cheers, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and Grace Under Fire, amongst others. Her work continued in the one hour arena as Consulting Producer on Gilmore Girls, followed by Executive Producer of Boston Legal, Life Unexpected, and Mad Men. She is happy to have received several Emmy nominations and awards, as well as the Writers’ Guild and Peabody awards for her work.