Walt Whitman Circle to Support Poetry Center Programs

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is a nationally renowned literary arts center and a wellspring of creative activity. Poetry Center programs are almost entirely supported by individual contributions and grants. Annual contributions to the Walt Whitman Circle will provide a predictable base of support, which is more important than ever at this time. Gifts to the Circle will 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 Julie Lauterbach-Colby prior to making a contribution. Continued enrollment in the Walt Whitman Circle requires an annual contribution.

 

Walt Whitman Circle

Sustainer Circle — $250
• Gatherings quarterly publication
• Invitation to the annual Walt Whitman Circle reception
• Exclusive invitations to special events
• Recognition in Poetry Center publications and on website
• Reserved seating at readings and lectures
$225 of your donation is tax-deductible.

Benefactor Circle — $500
Receives all benefits of Sustainer Circle + signed copy of a book by a reader in the Reading Series
[$465 of your donation is tax-deductible.]

Director’s Circle — $1,000
Receives all benefits of Benefactor Circle + dinner with a writer in the Reading Series
[$940 of your donation is tax-deductible.]

Sponsor Circle — $2,500
Receives all benefits of Director’s Circle + sponsorship acknowledgment of a specific program, such as the Reading and Lecture Series, Library Field Trip program, Corrido Contest, or Family Days at the Poetry Center
[$2,440 of your donation is tax-deductible.]

Endowment Circle — $5,000
Annual gift to the Poetry Center Programs Endowment receives all benefits listed + acknowledgement on Programs Endowment Donor Wall
[$4,940 of your donation is tax-deductible.]

Lifetime gifts of $10,000 + are designated for the Poetry Center Programs Endowment
Ask us about making a pledge.

 

Poetry Center Programs

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is one of only three landmark buildings in the nation dedicated to the celebration of poetry. Current Poetry Center programs will directly benefit from the Walt Whitman Circle.

• Our free Reading and Lecture Series features critically acclaimed poets, fiction and non-fiction writers reading and discussing their work.

• Discussion Groups provide opportunities to learn and share ideas about works of poetry and fiction.

• Library Field Trips introduce school and community groups to the treasures in our world-renowned library collection and offer introductory lessons
on poetry.

• Family Days is a once-a-month Saturday program of reading and writing activities and performances for children of all ages, and their parents and grandparents.

• Our Bilingual Corrido Contest introduces Arizona high school students to a musical-poetic form indigenous to our U.S./Mexico border region.

• Matinee Performances give middle and high school students a chance to meet and learn from visiting writers.

Membership Support

There are two easy ways to contribute:

• Download the Walt Whitman Circle contribution form

• 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 Julie Lauterbach-Colby

 prior to making a contribution. Continued enrollment in the Walt Whitman Circle requires an annual contribution.

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

Julie Lauterbach-Colby
Development Program Coordinator
jujubee8@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-4738

University of Arizona Poetry Center

Donations and General Information:

The University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150
520.626.3765 | FAX 520.621.5566

We are grateful to all of our current Walt Whitman Circle members

* Denotes charter Whitman Circle member

 

Lifetime Membership
Colleen and Jim Burns*
L.R. Benes
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg*
Alison Deming*
James Hensley*
Randall Rodman Holdridge*
Alice Janssen
Claire Livesey
Michael Rattee*
Boyer Rickel*
Helen and John Schaefer*
Lois and Richard Shelton*
Peggy Shumaker and Joseph Usibelli*

Endowment Circle
Jimmye and Helen Hillman*
Nancy Warfield*

Sponsor Circle
Winifred Bundy*
Tori and Langdon Hill
Melanie and Peter Maier*
Robert and Lisa Swift*

Director’s Circle
Kate Bernheimer and Brent Hendricks*
Norma and Stanley Feldman*
James and Louise Glasser*
William and Leslie Holmes*
John Hudak*
Amanda Hunt and Chris Chavez*
Maurynne Maxwell and Yvonne Morris*
Tom Sanders and Chris Treptow*
Barbara Sherman and Ted Maynard
Donna Somma
John Wahl and Mary Lou Forier*
Susan and Les Wallach*
Carol Whiteman*

Benefactor Circle
Anonymous* 
Christine Baines*
James Brandi
Wendy Burk and Eric Magrane*
Thomas Cobb*
Beth A. Cooper
Jenny Flynn
Larry Evers and Barbara Grygutis*
Marc and Muriel Goldfeder
Marilyn Halonen*
Cynthia and Jorgen Hansen*
John Iurino and Joni Wallace*
Bonnie and Greg Kuykendall*
Tyler and Katie Meier
Matthew Meyer and Tami Danze*
Donald Pitt Family Foundation*
Anita and Jim Rankin
Joan Robles*
Stacey Richter and Dan Coleman*
Tim and Kathy Torrington*
Bill and Brenda Viner*
James and Judy Walsh*
Mary Wildner-Bassett*
Matthew and Lisa Winkler
 

Sustainer Circle
Susan Hardy Aiken*
Anonymous* 
Anonymous* 
Anonymous 
Anonymous 
Anonymous
Anonymous 
Denise Barnes*
Dorothy Blake
Debby Jo Blank
Lucinda and Bill Bliss
William Boyd*
James Brandi
Dianne Bret Harte*
Archibald and Laura Brown*
Jane and Marvin Brown
William Burnett
Sylvia and Alejandro Canelos
Sherrye and Kimble Cohn*
Geraldine and Stephen Connolly*
Caroline and Terry Daniel*
Ann Dernier*
Curtis and Elizabeth Dunshee*
Darrell Durham
Elizabeth Evans and Stephen Reitz*
Dennis Evans and Robin Schader*
Karen Falkenstrom*
Ronna Fickbohm
Bill Finley*
William Fry*
Judith Gausnell*
Agnes Griffen*
Christine and Jonathon Gross*
Bruce Gungle*
Jim Hannley and Pamela Powers Hannley*
Edwin and Mary Hartman*
Law Office of David E. Hill, PLC
Janet and Joe Hollander
Joshua M. Hurand and Ashley M McLaren
David and Marsha Irwin*
Pamela Jackson
Frederic and Gayle Jandrey*
Jeremy Kahn
Russ Kick
Kimberly King
Linda Lou Lamb*
Law Office of David E. Hill, PLC
Robert Lipinczyk and Shelli Hall Lipinczyk
Julie and Eric Lauterbach-Colby*
Tony and Susan Luebbermann*
Pamela McClelland
Courtney McEniry
Michael and Linda McNulty
Thomas and Kerstin Miller*
Mary Myers
Christopher Nelson*
George and Alice O’Brien
Ann-Eve Pedersen and Peter Eckerstrom*
Marjorie Perloff*
Rodney Phillips*
Siri North 
Pamela Portwood and Mark Taylor*
Seymour Reichlin
Elizabeth Rollings and Doug Friman
Barrie Ryan*
Gregory Scaven
Seth Schindler and Diane Dittemore
Robin and David Shambach*
Barbara Sherman and Ted Maynard
Harriet Silverman*
Lusia Slomkowska*
Susan and Robert St Pierre
Bradley and Jane Stroup*
Sandra Szelag and Carol Kells*
Ted and Shirley Taubeneck*
Hale and Holly Thomas-Hilburn*
Henry Tom and Lillian Bazan*
Merle Turchik*
Whitney Vale and William McCoy
David Wagstaff IV and Ashley Wagstaff
Tom and Barbara Waldron*
Nancy Wall*
Lisa Winton
Lisa Wise and Cameron Cohen*
Israel Wygnanski*

 

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