Browne Wins Humanities Council Award

April 22, 2013

Poetry Center Executive Director Garners Prestigious Arizona Humanities Council Award

"For her tireless dedication to poetry and the humanities, University of Arizona Poetry Center Executive Director Gail Browne has been honored with an award from the Arizona Humanities Council. She will be receiving the Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award.

"This award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have made a lasting contribution to the cultural life of their communities through their active support of, and involvement in promoting the humanities. Browne has done just that throughout her career as Poetry Center Executive Director. The award will be presented Sunday, April 28, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe as part of the Arizona Humanities Council’s “Sharing Words, Changing Worlds Lecture & Humanities Awards” event (

"In 2002, Browne came to the Poetry Center when it was housed in three small bungalows with most of the library books in storage. These bungalows were razed and the Poetry Center needed a new home. She tenaciously led the capital campaign, design, and construction of the Helen S. Schaefer Building and permanent home to the renowned Poetry Center.

"This landmark facility received a 2009 Arizona American Institute of Architects Award for Design and, along with the Poetry Center in Chicago and the Poets’ House in New York, is one of only three such high-profile centers in the nation dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and preservation of poetry.

"Peter W. Likins, University of Arizona president during the construction and dedication of the new building said, “Under Gail Browne’s persistent and determined leadership, the world-renowned Poetry Center at the University of Arizona was finally able, after decades of frustration, to create an ideal home worthy of its intellectual distinction.”

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