Awards & Residencies: An Overview

The Summer Residency Program

The Poetry Center awards two residencies each summer to one poet and one prose writer to spend two to four weeks in Tucson, Arizona developing his/her work. Writers at any stage of their careers may apply; emerging writers are welcome. The residency includes a $150 stipend per week and a two to four week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center's renowned library of contemporary poetry. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31.

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The Mary Ann Campau/Will Inman Scholarship

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce the Mary Ann Campau/Will Inman Scholarships program. These partial, need-based scholarships are awarded to community members enrolling in the Poetry Center’s Classes and Workshops program. Three $75 scholarships are awarded each session (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Mary Ann Campau Community Service Fellowship funds will be combined with those of the Will Inman Award to create this new scholarship program. This allows the Poetry Center to increase the number of scholarships it offers each year from six to nine, thus serving more local writers.

"During her lifetime, Mary Ann often provided personal grants to writers who could not afford to take writing workshops," said Poetry Center executive director Gail Browne. "So we know she would have been very pleased to have her name associated with scholarship support of this kind.” The Poetry Center is grateful to the donors of the Mary Ann Campau Fund and to the late Will Inman for their generous financial support of the talented poets and writers in our Southern Arizona community.

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UA Student Contests

Through the support and generosity of various organizations and funders, the Poetry Center awards nearly $3,000 each year through a series of contests open to graduate and undergraduate students whose writing is selected by contemporary poets and writers all across the nation.

The UA Student contest award money is distributed through the University of Arizona Bursar's Office. Because of this arrangement, the award money is posted to each student winner's bursar's account. If a student has an outstanding balance on their account, the award money will deduct this amount. For this reason, it's a good idea for students to make sure they don't have any outstanding balances on their account, so that they are awarded the full amount of their prize money.

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