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The Mary Ann Campau/Will Inman Scholarships program provides partial, need-based scholarships to community members who wish to register for a course offered through the Poetry Center’s Classes and Workshops program. Three $75 scholarships are awarded each session (Fall, Spring, and Summer). 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.
A resident of Tucson for forty years, Mary Ann Campau was a devoted supporter of poetry and poets in our community. She was a well-known and much-loved public school teacher who retired in 1989, when she began to take workshops at the Poetry Center with Richard Siken and Richard Shelton and then through the Writing Works Center with William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk. These workshops sparked a passion for poetry and a dedication to her local poetry community. Mary Ann hosted writing classes with guest poets in her own home; provided "grants" to writers who could not otherwise afford to attend these and other workshops; she attended, supported, and participated in numerous local reading series; and through her own enthusiasm she cultivated new audiences for poetry. Her poems were published in local journals, including Sandcutters and The Tucson Poet and in 2001 she published a full-length collection of her own poetry, Like a Waterweed Ghost.
Will Inman was born on May 4, 1923, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University in 1943, then held jobs in a shipyard, a trade union, libraries, universities, and a facility for the disabled. Among other leadings he was an activist in the War Resisters League and other organizations, and was writing all during this time. He co-founded and edited the literary journals Kauri and New Kauri. After some years in New York City, Inman moved to Tucson where he worked with the developmentally disabled and led writing workshops for the general community as well as for people in homeless shelters and prisons. Inman is the author of I Read You Green, Mother (Howling Dog Press, 2008), Surfings: Selected Poems (Howling Dog Press, 2005), and a number of chapbooks, including Ranges (Minotaur Editions) and Leaps of Hope and Fury (Pudding House).
Any community member is eligible to apply, with the exception of Poetry Center employees, weekly volunteers, and interns. The scholarship must be used during the semester for which it was awarded, for the course specified in your application.
The deadline to apply for a scholarship for a Spring 2016 course has passed. (It was January 11, 2016, midnight.) The next deadline, for Summer 2016 courses, will be announced in March. Check this page then for details.
To apply, you must submit a letter and a short writing sample by email.
The letter should include the following information:
The short writing sample should be no more than three pages in length. You are welcome to submit an excerpt.
Email your letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.