"Permit me to say that I have won Hopwoods and also lost them, and I know the power that winning gives and the way the soul shakes when, all ears, you hear silence instead of your name."
The Hopwood Awards claim a gallery of prizewinners who rose to become the Who's Who of writers of the last three generations: Max Apple, John Ciardi, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Hayden, Laura Kasischke, Jane Kenyon, Arthur Miller, Howard Moss, Frank O'Hara, Marge Piercy, Ronald Wallace, and Nancy Willard, among many others.
Since they first began in 1931, funded by a bequest from the will of playwright Avery Hopwood, University of Michigan Class of 1905, the Hopwood Awards have grown in profile and stature to become one of the most sought after and celebrated writing prizes for students.
The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing collects-for the first time in one volume-poetry and prose by writers who won Hopwood Awards when they were students at the University of Michigan and who went on to achieve fame as writers.
Nicholas Delbanco is Professor of English and Director of the Hopwood Program at the University of Michigan. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Anywhere Out of the World: Essays on Travel, Writing, Death; The Sincerest Form; and The Writing Life: The Hopwood Lectures.
Andrea Beauchamp is Program Associate at the Hopwood Program, and Michael Barrett is Associate Editor at the Hopwood Program, University of Michigan.
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Title: The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing
Author: Nicholas Delbanco
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Date Published: March 2006
Table of Contents:
|75, and counting||1|
|Where does your music come from?||7|
|The year of the child (for my grandson)||25|
|Aunt Jemima of the ocean waves||26|
|The lost photograph||34|
|A Byzantine place||39|
|John Keats, 1821-1950||43|
|Photograph of my mother sitting on the steps||44|
|Colors passing through us||45|
|Transparent like the air||70|
|To Dorothy on her exclusion from the Guinness Book of World Records||72|
|Old men pitching horseshoes||72|
|In the backyard||74|
|November of the plague year||85|
|Leonardo as anatomist, repeatedly||87|
|Three small oranges||91|
|On the origin of Blind-boy Lilikoi||94|
|"Nelson in Nighttown"||96|
|The cousin in the backyard||145|
|Givers and takers||157|
|The evening concert||159|
|Starting with that time||161|
|The old woman and her thief||163|
|A lovely night||186|
|A rock a fish||190|
|Priscilla the Cambodian||192|
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