Walt Whitman Circle to Support Poetry Center Programs


The University of Arizona Poetry Center is a nationally renowned literary arts center. Poetry Center programs are almost entirely supported by individual contributions and grants. Annual contributions to the Walt Whitman Circle provide a predictable base of support, which is more important than ever at this time. Gifts to the Circle ensure the Poetry Center is able to sustain programs that nourish a love of language and foster an ability to see the world with fresh eyes. These traits, the building blocks to creativity, are also our means to a highly engaged, informed society. This is the aim of the Poetry Center now and for generations to come.

Contribute online *

* Online contributions to the Walt Whitman Circle are 100% tax-deductible and benefits must be declined. If you wish to receive benefits, please contact Tyler Meier at tmeier@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-5880. prior to making a contribution. Continued enrollment in the Walt Whitman Circle requires an annual contribution.

Walt Whitman Circle Levels and Benefits

This document attached to this web page describes the different levels of giving and benefits associated with each level. In summary:

GIFTS OF $250:  Receive invitations to four Whitman Circle receptions featuring visiting Reading Series poets throughout the academic year, along with four corresponding limited edition letterpress broadsides.

GIFTS OF $500: All benefits above, along with a signed copy of a book from a visiting Reading Series poet.

GIFTS OF $1,000: All benefits above, and sign up to attend a pre-reading dinner with a visiting Reading Series author of your choice.

GIFTS OF $2,500: All benefits above, plus your name listed as a sponsor of a Poetry Center program of your choice.

Membership Support

There are two easy ways to contribute: Download the Walt Whitman Circle contribution form (attached PDF) or contribute online *

* Online contributions to the Walt Whitman Circle are 100% tax-deductible and benefits must be declined. If you wish to receive benefits, please contact Tyler Meier at tmeier@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-5880.

For more information about membership in the Walt Whitman Circle, please contact:

Tyler Meier
Executive Director
(520) 626-5880


The University of Arizona Poetry Center gratefully acknowledges bequests received in the last year from:
The estate of L.D. Clark
The estate of Mary Claire Livesey
The estate of Lusia Slomkowska
Foundation and Business Support
 Act 1 Foundation/On Media
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Humanities
Bruce Larkin/Wilbooks
Donald Pitt Family Foundation
Pima Federal Credit Union
Lannan Foundation
Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest
National Endowment for the Arts
Pima Federal Credit Union
Memorial Gifts were received in memory of:
Jimmye Hillman and Lois Shelton
Honorary Gifts were received in honor of:
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg, Henry Koffler, and Helen and John Schaefer

* Denotes charter Whitman Circle member

LIFETIME GIFTS of $10,000 +
L.R. Benes
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg*
Winifred Bundy*
Colleen and James Burns*
Alison Hawthorne Deming*
James Hensley*
Randall Rodman Holdridge*
Alice Janssen
Michael D. Rattee*
Boyer Rickel*
Helen and John Schaefer*
Richard Shelton*
Peggy Shumaker and Joseph Usibelli*
Donna Somma

Archibald and Laura Brown*
Helen Hillman*
Jeremy Kahn
Donald Pitt Family Foundation*
Nancy Pitt 
Donald and Nancy Rollings
Nancy F. Warfield*
Ethan Yake

Josiah Austin
Susan Bansak
Elizabeth A Bernays and Linda Hitchcock
Geraldine and Stephen Connolly*
Norma and Stanley Feldman*
James and Louise Glasser*
Marc and Muriel Goldfeder
William and Leslie Holmes*
John A. Hudak*
Amanda Hunt and Chris Chavez*
Pamela Jackson
Peter and Melanie Maier*
Theodore Maynard and Barbara Sherman
Jojene Mills
Jeanne Osgood
Anita and Jim Rankin
Stacey Richter*
Thomas Sanders*
Ted and Shirley Taubeneck*
Susan and Leslie Wallach
James and Judith Walsh*


Valer Austin
Christine Baines*
James and Linda Brandi
Jane and Marvin Brown
Wendy Burk and Eric Magrane*
Sylvia and Alejandro Canelos
Thomas L. Cobb*
Julian Dombrowski
Dan Coleman
Tim Evans
Lawrence Evers and Barbara Grygutis*
Jenny Flynn
Edith Greene
Marilyn J. Halonen*
Cynthia Hogue
Ashley M. and Joshua M. Hurand
Terry Jackson and Terry Enfield
Debra Jacobson
Randolph Maxted
Tyler Meier and Katie Patt
Matthew M. Meyer and Tami Danze*
Elizabeth Rollings and Doug Friman
Timothy Schaffner and Anne Maley
Robin and David Shambach*
Susan and Robert St Pierre
Robert and Lisa Swift* / TCI Wealth Advisors
Ted and Shirley Taubeneck
Merle J. Turchik and Gibb Windahl*
David Wagstaff IV and Ashley Wagstaff
John Wahl and Mary Lou Forier*
Nancy B. Wall*
Susan and Leslie Wallach*
Mary Wildner-Bassett*
Lisa Winton

Susan Hardy Aiken*
Barbara Allen
Denise Barnes*
Kate Bernheimer*
Dorothy Blake
Debby Jo Blank
Lucinda and Bill Bliss
Sheryl Boris
Dianne Bret Harte*
Kittredge Bret Harte
William Burnett
Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee DeConcini
Julian Dombrowski
Monica Z. Zavala Durazo
Darrell Durham
Ann-Eve Pedersen and Peter Eckerstrom*
Elizabeth Evans and Stephen Reitz*
J. Dennis Evans
Karen Falkenstrom*
Jodi Feuerhelm
Ronna Fickbohm
William S. Finley*
Robert Fouch
William Fry*
Holly Ballard Gardner
Judith Gausnell*
Michael and Jane Gessner
Gloria Giffords
Kelly and Christopher Goldsmith
John Gray and Nancy Silvis
Agnes Griffen*
Christine and Jonathon Gross*
Bruce Gungle*
James Hannley and Pamela Powers Hannley*
Cynthia and Jorgen V. Hansen
Law Office of David E. Hill, PLC
Janet and Joe Hollander
Frances Holt
Marcia and Albert Hunker
Anne E. Hunt
Carol and Gary Hurand
Sara Hurand and Elie Weiss
Marsha and David Irwin*
Terry Jackson and Terry Enfield
Gayle and Frederic Jandrey*
Russ Kick
Kimberly King
Sarah Kortemeier and Keith Martin
Bonnie and Greg Kuykendall*
Linda Lou Lamb*
Julie and Eric Lauterbach-Colby*
Robert Lipinczyk and Shelli Hall Lipinczyk
Tony and Susan Luebbermann*
Mark A. Luprecht
Maurynne Maxwell and Yvonne Morris*
Courtney McEniry
Kate McMillan and William Krauss
Matthew and Diane B. Meier ($300)
Nancy and Stuart Mellan
Thomas and Kerstin Miller*
Roberta Miller
Mary Myers
James D. Nations
Siri North
George and Alice O'Brien
Marjorie Perloff*
Rodney Phillips*
Pamela Portwood and Mark Taylor*
Ron Pullins
David Rivard
Barbara Rosenberg
Hon. Jonathan Rothschild
Barrie Ryan*
Gregory Scaven
Seth Schindler and Diane Dittemore
Claudette Stern
Sandra Szelag and Carol Kells*
Hale, Holly, and Ellie Mae Thomas-Hilburn*
Henry Tom and Lillian Bazan*
Whitney Vale and William McCoy
Tom and Barbara Waldron*
Bonnie Wehle
Carol D. Whiteman
Lisa Wise and Cameron Cohen*
Phillip and Jo Anne Woodall
Fulton and Nancy Wright

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