Really thrilled to be updating my bio tonight. We heard back about the Winter Term Hopwood Contests, and I won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Poetry, another in Graduate Nonfiction, and a Helen S. and John Wagner Prize as well, all from turning in two manuscripts last February.
The poetry manuscript was “Draw Girls Around The World,” which is now being called “Firewater” for the moment, and my non-fiction memoir, “How To Be A Real Indian.” I can’t decide if I’m happier about the poetry or the non-fiction, or the comments from the national judges I’ll get to pick up tomorrow from the Hopwood room. Or having my picture taken, haha.
I’ve actually been writing more than a poem a day, especially if I count the travel pieces I’ve been transcribing and editing, or all the overheard conversations I’ve been turning into poems (dear Sorority Girls: you might want to keep your voices down in the coffee shop :D ). It’s a strangely fruitful month, the weather has turned pretty again, I teach my last week of classes next week and I attend my last week of classes and I do all the weird pre-graduation stuff. This program was too, too short, even with next year’s fellowship, I just want to take two more years of classes and teaching. :)
Very grateful to the University of Michigan, Helen Zell Writers’ Program, Hopwood Committee and national judges, Laura Kasischke, Khaled Mattawa, Van Jordan, Linda Gregerson, Megan Levad, Keith Taylor, Evan Chambers, Kerri Webster, Kellie Wells, Kenneth E. Harrison, Norman Dubie, Dorianne Laux, Heid E. Erdrich, and Stephen Dunn, and, my fantastic cohort, and my writer-friends.