Giving to the Poetry Center

For over 50 years, the Poetry Center has led the way in the Southwest to promote a long-lasting love for poetry and literature, spanning generations of audiences and learners. Over the decades, the Center has hosted every major poet in the United States, while still staying true to the vision of its founder, Ruth Stephan, to be a place where poetry can be “maintained and cherished.” As the Center has grown, so has its need for support. Programs at the Poetry Center are funded almost entirely by grants, foundations, and private contributions from people like you. That is why we are asking you to please consider giving to the Poetry Center today. Together—through a love of poetry and literature—we can work to build a deeper understanding of each other and the world in which we live. Here is how you can help.


 Friends of the Poetry Center

Spring 2012 Appeal

In the 1980s the Poetry Center inaugurated the Friends of the Poetry Center program to support the work of the Center. Friends of the Poetry Center provide vital funding for the Reading and Lecture Series, discussion groups, and all K-12 programs and outreach. Please help us continue this legacy, and give us the ability to grow our programs even more, by renewing your commitment to us or by giving for the first time. To give online, please click here. To download a form to send a check or credit card number by mail, please click here. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated.


 The Walt Whitman Circle: Become a Member Today

Because funds we raise can vary from year to year, as we move into the future we must realize a solid and sustainable base of support for programs. It is with this idea in mind that we launched the Walt Whitman Circle. Members of the Circle have an opportunity to make a yearly commitment of $250 or more to help us guarantee that audiences for poetry continue to grow for years to come. Please click here for more information on the benefits of Walt Whitman membership.


 Poetry Center Programs Endowment

An Endowment Gift to the Poetry Center is a gift that lasts forever. You may make a contribution to the Poetry Center’s Programs Endowment through annual membership in the Walt Whitman Circle or as a one-time contribution. Or you might want to consider a bequest or other planned gift. For more information about endowment gifts, please click here or contact Gail Browne at or (520) 626-5880.


 Special Projects and Naming Opportunities

Other special projects for which the Poetry Center seeks support are:

• Writer As Citizen Program: A partnership with the University of Arizona MFA Creative Writing Program, which provides Poetry Center internship opportunities to graduate students with an interest in arts education and arts administration.

• Special Library Initiatives: Projects include digitization of our audio video recordings for placement on voca, the Poetry Center’s cutting-edge digital library, providing free public access to more than 50 years of literary history recorded live

• L.R. Benes Rare Book Room acquisitions; and archival processing of collections including the LaVerne Harrell Clark Photographic Collection.

For more information about these projects, please contact Gail Browne at or (520) 626-5880.

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