16B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Magazine - Thursday, October 3, 1996
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Past 'U' Hopwood Award winners
become world-famous authors
By Sarah Beldo
For the Daily
How can you or 1, mere students
struggling through the most elemen-
tary composition courses, attempt to
join the likes of Arthur Miller,
Lawrence Kasden and Marge Piercy?
Well, by simply attending the
University you can tread on the same
ground that these well-esteemed feet
have tred. And, by entering the annu-
al H opw id wrtimg contest, you can
perhaps tud one step closer to joining
T1c Hll. Ooo Awrds have been
the birthing ground of several impor-
tant writing talents at the University.
The Awards were created according to
the will of Avery Hopwood, a member
of the University's class of 1905 and
an important and distinguished
American dramatist. Hopwood
requested that one-fifth of his estate
be given to the regents at the
University for the purpose of encour-
Specif Vally, the w"ill asked that the
Hlopwood Aw ards seek out and reward
"thenew the unusual and the radical''
in 'studcnt wriuma.
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In 1930, the year of the first contest,
the Regents decided to distribute the
prize money between two categories:
Major and Minor Awards. Major
Awards are open to graduate students
and seniors enrolled in a writing course,
and Minor Awards are open to all
undergraduates enrolled in a writing
This is where the likes of Arthur
Miller come in. Miller is perhaps the
best-known I lopwood winner. a prolif-
ic playwright and novelist who remain
active writer to this day. Mi 1cr
siruegled but h acadnemia ulv and Linnm-
dilly to attend the 1nixcrsity. and his
H opwoods for mninrdirma in both;
1936 and i937. It has been written that
not a day goes by when an Arthur
Miller play is not being produced
Robert Hayden is another Hopwood
winner whose talents have had a far-
reaching impact. A Major Poetry win-
ner in 1942, Hayden was one of the
American poets to
be recognized dur-
ing such an era.
Hayden went on to
win the Grand
Prize in Poetry atx
the First World
Festival of Negro
Arts in Sengal,
become a fellow
of the American
Academy of Poets,
serve as a poetry
consultant to the:
Congress and to
teach English here
at the University. University alum Art
Born in Ann _n______y_______
Willard completed both undergraduate
and graduate work at the University, in
1958 and 1963, respectively. Willard
;ad a successful writing career as an
undergraduate, winning four different
Hopwood awards in the categories of
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said. "In 1990 1 was with my mom and
dad, and we were hit head-on by a drunk
driver.... My mom and dad almost died.
I remember how vulnerable I felt, and 1
knew how vulnerable this guy felt."
After the paramedics arrived, Goode
reunited with Barry. "I started walking,
and he was walking toward me - we
kind of ran into each other," she said. "I
didn't see him do any of this, but I was
really proud ofhim. There were a lot of'
people there watching. but they didn't
really help. He risked his life. That's
what makes the proud of him, that he
took that extra step."
Deputy Troy Goodnough, the officer
In charge of the investigation, con-
curred. "He definitely was helpful. as
vere the other people involved."
Laura Kasischke, author of "Suspicious River."
Barry, too, was quick to credit others
for their parts in the rescue. "That one
guy who helped mhe get the door open,
and the person who sprayed the fire
extinguisher in there -those two peo--
ple were a really big deal."
Goodnough stated that the Monroe
Sheriff's Department was completing a
written statement about the accident.
and planned to suggest that Barry be
7iwen a lifesaving award.
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poetry, fiction and essay. Still a woman
of broad range. Willard has published
poetry, plays and novels. Her collection
of poetry, "A Visit to William Blake's
Inn: Poems for Innocent and
Experienced Travellers" won the presti-
Medal for chil-
..dren's literature in
1982. Willard is
currently a lecturer
in the department
of English at Vassar
Marge Piercy is
who has won
awards in different
Between the years
of 1954 and 1957,
Piercy won four
in both poetry and
ir Miller fiction. This dedi-
cation to writing
has not dimmed, as Piercy has authored
22 books of poetry and fiction, includ-
ing "He, She, and It," "My Mother's
Body" and "The Longings of Women."
Hailed as a feminist and a visionary,
Willard has, in addition to the
But to Barry, that wasn't what really
"They took (the victim) to St.
Vincent's Hospital in Toledo. I called
them and found out he was in serious to
critical condition," Barry said. "I was
really feeling funny about it and wanted
to know if he lived. He had brain
surgery and was in the intensive care
unit. but afterward he was recovering.
He was confused, but he was alive, and
that makes me feel good.
He was confused, but he was
alive, and that makes me feel good."
- Jim Barry
Hopwood Awards, been the recipient of
the Arthur C. Clarke award for "Body
of Glass" in 1993 and the Mav Sarton
Award for "Available Light" in 1991.
Lawrence Kasden's career takes a
slightly different twist from the previ-
ously mentioned Ilopwood recipients.
Kasden, who won awards for Minor
Drama in 196, 1969 and 1970 and an
award for Minor Fiction in 1969.
brought his talents out of the literary
world and into Hollywood as a screen-
writer. It is the rare student here at the
University who will graduate without
seeing "The Big Chill;" which Kasden
wrote and directed. Kasden can also
claim writing, directing or producing
credit for such movies as "Raiders of'
the Lost Ark," "Grand Canyon," "The
Bodyguard" and last year's "French
With an award as prestigious as the
Hopwood, it is impossible to list all the
winners who have gone on to enjoy lit-
erary success. From the late poet Frank
O'Hara to Laura Kasischke, author
of the new and acclaimed novel
"Suspicious River," former winners
continue to be a source of pride to the
University English department. And
remember: The authors on this list
probably began, like you and me, in ele-
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