U-M students share $39,200 in Hopwood prizes for creative writing

April 18, 1995
Contact: Bernie DeGroat bernied@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR—Twenty-three students at the University of Michigan have been honored with the 64th annual Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing, garnering $39,200 in prizes. In other creative writing contests administered by the U-M Hopwood program, 12 students have received $8,150 in prizes.

Author Diane Johnson, who has written ” The Shadow Knows,” ” Lying Low,” ” Lesser Lives,” ” Natural Opium” and the screenplay for ” The Shining,” delivered the Hopwood Lecture at the ceremony Tuesday (April 18). U-M English Prof. Nicholas F. Delbanco, director of the Hopwood program, presented the awards.

Funded by a bequest from U-M alumnus and Broadway playwright Avery Hopwood, the awards are divided into a major category for graduate students and a minor category for undergraduates, with seniors having the option to compete in either.

Winners of the Hopwood Awards and other prizes administered by the Hopwood Committee, listed by hometown, are:

MICHIGAN: ANN ARBOR— Geoffrey M. Bankowski, graduate student in English, $1,500 in the Hopwood major essay category for ” Between the Mother and the Angel: Rilke’s Struggle with Intimacy and Poetic Genius” ; Richard R. Gallagher, graduate student in English, $1,500 in the Hopwood major essay category for ” Finding My Father” and $100 for the Michael R. Gutterman Award in Poetry for ” The Green Pistachio Barn or Appeasement Behavior Among Baboons” ;

Colin W. Gipson, senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $1,600 in the Hopwood minor fiction category for ” Flesh and Bone” and $1,500 in the Hopwood minor essay category for ” Confession” ; Stephanie Ivanoff, graduate student in English, $1,500 in the Hopwood major poetry category for ” The Sinner’s Aria” ;

Robert J. Macadaeg, senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $1,500 in the Hopwood minor essay category for ” My Short Life as a Salesman,” ” The Day I Was Saved” and ” A Day at the Treasure Mart” ; Sarah S. Middleton, senior in the College of Engineering, $1,300 in the Hopwood minor poetry category for ” Aphasia” ;

Kelly Murphy Mason, graduate student in English, $2,000 in the Hopwood major essay category for ” The Week My Grandfather Continued to Live” and ” New Decatur Road” ; Michael C. Murray, graduate student in English, $1,800 in the Hopwood major fiction-novel category for ” A Chance to Form Angels” and $800 in the Hopwood major drama/screenplay category for ” The Rex Hotel” ;

Paula M. Nash, senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $800 in the Hopwood major drama/screenplay category for ” Soldier Stakes” ; David I. Rothbart, junior in the Residential College, $2,000 for the Kasdan Scholarship in Creative Writing, $1,800 in the Hopwood minor essay category for ” Love Park” and $1,700 in the Hopwood minor fiction category for ” Man Walking South on I-75. ”

BIRMINGHAM” Sarah J. Forman, sophomore in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $800 for the Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Playwriting. DETROIT” Daniel F. Yezbick, senior in the Residential College, $1,000 in the Hopwood minor drama/screenplay category for ” The Swamp Rose: A Screen Fancy. ”

EAST LANSING” James M. Wilson, freshman in the Residential College, $150 for the Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Prize in Freshman Poetry for ” Later. ”

LANSING” Matthew Q. Thorburn, junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $2,000 in the Hopwood minor poetry category for ” I Wanted to Go to Church, but the Poem Took Me to the Dog Races. ”

MAPLE CITY” Holly W. Spaulding, sophomore in the Residential College, $1,300 in the Hopwood minor poetry category for ” This Vault. ”

REDFORD” Amy Watroba, freshman in the Residential College, $250 for the Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Prize in Freshman Poetry for ” Thursday. ”

SHEPHERD” Jeffry M. Herman, senior in the Residential College, $1,000 in the Hopwood minor drama/screenplay for ” An Analysis of a Random Assortment of Eudaemonic Systems” and ” Mentation/Emotion/Morality/Mice. ”

SOUTHFIELD” Monique P. McCartha, junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $800 for the Dennis McIntyre Prize for Distinction in Playwriting.

ST. JOHNS” Steven S. Lopez, junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $1,500 in the Hopwood minor drama/screenplay category for ” Blackwoods. ”

TROY” Mark T. Heasley, sophomore in the Residential College, $150 in the Michael R. Gutterman Award in Poetry.

OUT-OF-STATE: CONNECTICUT: MIDDLETOWN” Tery A. Griffin, graduate student in English, $800 in the Hopwood major fiction-short story category for ” Four Related Stories. ”

GEORGIA: PEACHTREE CITY” Rana M. Jaleel, junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $1,000 for the Arthur Miller Award of the University of Michigan Club of New York Scholarship Fund.

MARYLAND: KENSINGTON” Kate E. Glahn, graduate student in English, $1,300 for the Chamberlain Award for Creative Writing.

NEW JERSEY: SUMMIT” Brett-Ellen Block, senior in the School of Art, $1,700 in the Hopwood minor fiction category for ” Two Short Stories: Rhinoceros and Love Alchemy” and

NEW YORK: NEW YORK” Toby L. Bochan, junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $1,000 in the Hopwood minor drama/screenplay category for ” The Marriage Dance” ; SOMERS” Lauren Kingsley, graduate student in English, $1,500 in the Hopwood major fiction-short story category for ” Four Stories. ”

RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE” Patricia A. Ward, graduate student in English, $1,800 in the Hopwood major fiction- novel category for ” What Was Most True,” $1,800 in the Hopwood major fiction-short story category for ” What is Left Behind and Other Stories” and $500 for the Andrea Beauchamp Prize.

SOUTH CAROLINA: SIMPSONVILLE” Caroline J. Kim, graduate student in English, $2,000 in the Hopwood major poetry category for ” Crossing Time Zones” and $500 for the Helen S. and John Wagner Prize.

TEXAS: HOUSTON” Jessica P. Apple, senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, $1,000 in the Hopwood minor fiction category for ” Get Well Kisses. ”

WASHINGTON: SEATTLE” Brian K. Dempster, graduate student in English, $1,500 in the Hopwood major poetry category for ” The Colors in Which You Burn. “