Giving to the Poetry Center

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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. 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. This page tells you how you can help.

Read the Poetry Center’s annual reports:

2014 – 2015 here.
2013 – 2014 here.
2012 – 2013 here.



Lois Shelton Poets Cottage campaign

Over the last fifty years, more than one thousand poets have visited the Poetry Center.  Donations made to the Lois Shelton Poets Cottage Campaign will be added to the Poetry Center Programs Endowment, a fund that supports Poetry Center programs in perpetuity and ensures that the next thousand poets will feel welcome to Tucson in Lois Shelton's spirit. 

Gifts by check can be made to: UAF/Programs Development Endowment Memo line: Lois Shelton Cottage or give online.

Friends of the Poetry Center

Our collections (now 75,000+ items and growing), our programs, and our home for poetry are all reasons we are able to reach out and foster a community of readers and thinkers around poetry and literature. Thanks in large part to your generosity and to gifts from others who care deeply, the Poetry Center is thriving. Thank you. We really couldn't do the important work of the Center without you. Please make a new gift now so that we can continue our efforts. Every donation makes a critical difference, and we depend on gifts from our friends to sustain our ongoing efforts throughout the year.

Give now by making your check payable to "University of Arizona Foundation/Poetry Center" or by clicking here, and thanks for your support of the Poetry Center! 

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 Tyler Meier at or (520) 626-5880.

Special Projects and Naming Opportunities

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

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 Tyler Meier at or (520) 626-5880.

Donation of Library Materials

If you are interested in donating an item to the Poetry Center's library collection of contemporary poetry, please review our library materials donation policy.

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