2A - Monday, November 6, 2006
RECIPIENTS OF MOST
1. Tina Datsko:17
2. Davy Rothbart: 9
T-. Andrew Kurtzman: 8
T-3. Eric Zorn: 8
T-5. Robyn Anspach:7
T-5. Saul Gottlieb;7
T-5. Dennis Harvey: 7
T-5. Laura Kasischke: 7
T-5. Holly Spaulding: 7
T-5. Nancy Willard: 7
T-5. William Gram: 7
Before You Were Here
Checking in with a Hopwood legend
Top winner at forefront of Latin American film industry
Since winning 17 Hopwood Awards
during her time at the University, Tina
Datsko has immersed herself knee-deep
in the Latin American film scene.
While on campus, Datsko was most
passionate about writing poetry.
Although poetry continues to be her
primary passion, she said she also
writes screenplays to convey her work
to a wider audience. Many of her films
are screened at the Latin American
Film Festival, which generates an audi-
ence of about 800 people.
"A film festival is a lot larger than a
poetryreading," Datsko said. "And films
are still poetry in a different form."
Datsko's films have appeared on the
Sundance channel's Arte Latino Film
Fest. She also recently won Best Feature
Screenplay at the Moondance Festival
for her film "La Paz."
Datsko's latest project involves mul-
timedia shows that combine poetry
readings with live musicians and art-
work. She works with her husband,
Jose Sanchez-H., to produce the films.
While Datsko first developed her love
for writing from her preschool librarian,
the Hopwood Award program encour-
aged her to pursue a career in writing.
"The Hopwood Awards give young
writers a chance to put together a man-
uscript," Datsko said. "It's a way to take
what you're doing seriously."
Datsko won her first Hopwood award
in 1978 and went on to win 16 more over
the next eight years.
Avery Hopwood, a famous drama-
tist and a graduate of the University's
class of 1905, designated one-fifth of
his estate to the University Board of
Regents to promote creative writing.
The first award was given in 1931.
Today, the Hopwood program offers
about $120,000 in prizes each year.
Other Hopwood winners that made
the ranks are still writing as well.
Davy Rothbart is the creator and edi-
tor of FOUND magazine; Andrew Kurtz-
man is a screenwriter and producer; Eric
Zorn is a columnist and blogger for the
Chicago Tribune; Robyn Anspach's
poems have appeared in several maga-
zines; Laura Kasischke teaches creative
writing at Washtenaw Community Col-
lege; Holly Spaulding teaches poetry at
Northwestern Michigan College; and
Nancy Willard is a Newbery medal win-
ner and a lecturer at Vassar College.
"The Hopwood Awards encourage
more students to write," said Andrea
Beauchamp, administrator of the Hop-
The Hopwood Room, on the first
floor of Angell Hall, maintains winning
pieces from the past as well as a selec-
tion of 20th-century literature, periodi-
cals and reference books.
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