Walt Whitman Circle

The Walt Whitman Circle is a community of donors who have committed to making an annual donation of $250 or more. Whitman Circle donors provide a predictable base of support for our activities. In exchange, Circle members receive special broadsides, invitations to exclusive events, and other benefits depending on the level of the annual gift. To join the Whitman Circle, contact Tyler Meier at tmeier@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-5880, or visit our donation page and follow the instructions for designating your gift as a Whitman Circle membership. (Please note: donors decline all benefits when they pay online)

Walt Whitman Circle Levels

This form describes the Whitman Circle giving levels and associated benefits. 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. ($225 of your donation is tax-deductible)

GIFTS OF $500: All benefits above, along with a signed copy of a book from a visiting Reading Series poet. ($465 of your donation is tax-deductible)

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. ($940 of your donation is tax-deductible)

GIFTS OF $2,500: All benefits above, plus your name listed as a sponsor of a Poetry Center program of your choice. ($2,440 of your donation is tax-deductible)


Sponsors and Whitman Circle Members

The University of Arizona Poetry Center gratefully acknowledges bequests received in the last year from:
The estate of Mary Claire Livesey
Foundation and Business Support
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Humanities
Art for Justice
Aslan Foundation
Evo and Ora Deconcini and Thu Family Foundation 
Donald Pitt Family Foundation*
First Page Literacy Foundation
Lannan Foundation
Lehman Foundation
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest
National Endowment for the Arts
PEN America
Qatar Foundation International, LLC
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Schaffner Family Foundation
Shethar Foundation
Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation
The Stocker Foundation
Memorial Gifts were received in memory of:
Chris Carroll
Clint Colby
Henry Combellick
Sandra Soto Hatfield
Jimmye Hillman
Martha Carrier Hopkins
Henry Lockett
Shelley Lorentzen
Maxine Marshall
Steve Orlen
George Rosenberg
Lynn Saul
Suzan Sayder
Lois Schaefer
Lois Shelton
Theodore (Ted) Taubeneck
Howard Zogott
Honorary Gifts were received in honor of:
Susan Bansak 
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg
Winifred Bundy
Randall Rodman Holdridge
Tyler Meier
Mary Meyers
Helen and John Schaefer
Richard Shelton
Sheila Tobias
Bonnie Wehle


* Denotes charter Whitman Circle member

LIFETIME GIFTS of $10,000 +
L.R. Benes
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg*
Winifred Bundy*
Colleen and James Burns*
Francisco Cantu c/o Art for Justice Fund
Georgiann Carroll
Alison Hawthorne Deming*
Stephen Golden and Susan Tarrence
Louise Greenfield and Simon Rosenblatt

James Hensley*
Randall Rodman Holdridge*
Anne Maley Schaffner and Timothy Schaffner
Anonymous gift in honor of Jimmye Hillman*
Jojene Mills
Patricia Morgan and Peter Salomon
Michael Rattee*
Helen and John Schaefer*
Richard Shelton*
Peggy Shumaker and Joseph Usibelli*
Donna Somma
Robert and Lisa Swift* / TCI Wealth Advisors
Susan vonKersburg
James and Judith Walsh*

Stephen and Susan Bansak

Archibald and Laura Brown*
Elizabeth and Bryan Falcón
Norma and Stanley Feldman*
Doug and Elizabeth Friman
Marc and Muriel Goldfeder
Ashley and Joshua Hurand
John LaWall
Sandra Maxfield

Theodore Maynard and Barbara Sherman
Tyler Meier and Katie Patt
Nancy Pitt 
Jim and Anita Rankin
William and Joanna Westcott
J. Stanley Yake

Barbara Allen
Christine Baines*
Melissa Brechon and Jay Clark
Janell Cannon

Thomas Cobb*
Geraldine and Stephen Connolly*
Shirley Estes
Blair Finkelstein
Teresa Foley
Gloria Giffords
James and Louise Glasser*
William and Leslie Holmes*
John Hudak*
Judith Jance
Jeremy Kahn
Joan Kaye Cauthorn

Peter and Melanie Maier*
Max McCauslin
Jeanne and Christopher Osgood
Pamela Portwood and Mark Taylor*
Donald and Nancy Rollings
Maria Schuchardt
Shirley Taubeneck*
Nancy Wall*
Susan and Leslie Wallach*
Mary Wildner-Bassett*

Susan Hardy Aiken*
Kerstin Block / Buffalo Exchange
Sheryl Boris
James and Linda Brandi
Wendy Burk and Eric Magrane*
Robin Carter
Karen Christensen and Kenneth Kay
Cameron Cohen and Lisa Wise*
Richard Feinberg and Robin Verdon
Ronna Fickbohm
Mary Lou Forier and John Wahl*
Jerry and Lynn Greenberg
Bruce Gungle*
Marilyn J. Halonen*
Law Office of David E. Hill, PLC
Helen Hillman
Janet and Joe Hollander
Marsha and David Irwin*
Debra Jacobson
Lillian Janssen
E. Courtney Johnson 
Linda Lou Lamb*
Donald and Margaret Lofgren
Kirk Markarian & Emily Walsh
Randolph Maxted
Joseph McGarry
Ron Pullins and Leslie Powell
Steven Russo 
Gregory Scaven
Ann Schaefer-Reid and Andy Reid
Robin and David Shambach*
Susan and Robert St Pierre
Merle Turchik and Gibb Windahl*
David Wagstaff IV and Ashley Wagstaff

Matthew and Lisa Winkler

Adele Barker
Kate Bernheimer*
Dorothy Blake
Lucinda and Bill Bliss
Besty Bolding
Karen Brennan
Dianne Bret Harte
Kittredge Bret Harte
Jennifer Britz
Charlie Buck
Sharon Bundy and Bruce Irby
William Burnett
Sylvia and Alejandro Canelos
Mary Clack
Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee DeConcini
Scott DeWald and Deborah Jamieson
Jennifer Delahunty
Seth Schindler and Diane Dittemore
Alain-Philippe Durand
Darrell Durham
Joan and Ron Engel
Elizabeth Evans and Stephen Reitz*
Lawrence Evers and Barbara Grygutis
Robert Fouch
Michael and Jane Gessner
Mary Jo Ghory

Suzannah Gilman
Kelly and Christopher Goldsmith
John Gray and Nancy Silvis
David and Virginia Griffis
Christine and Jonathon Gross*
James Hannley and Pamela Powers Hannley*
Cynthia and Jorgen Hansen
Margaret Hartman
Linda Patton Hoffman
Cynthia Hogue
Marcia and Albert Hunker
Amanda Hunt and Chris Chavez*
Carol and Gary Hurand
Sara Hurand and Elie Weiss
Pamela Jackson
Gayle and Frederic Jandrey*
Reed Karaim and Aurelie Sheehan
Susan and Douglas Kliman
Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Philip and Kay Korn
Sarah Kortemeier and Keith Martin
Robert Lipinczyk and Shelli Hall Lipinczyk
Tony and Susan Luebbermann*
Mark Luprecht
Adrian Matejka
William McCoy and Whitney Vale
Kate McMillan and William Krauss
Matthew and Diane Meier 
Gary and Susan Miller
Thomas and Kerstin Miller*
Jacqueline Morris
Mary Myers
James Nations
Chuck and Susan Ott
John Peck
Rodney Phillips*
Mary Romaniello
Barrie Ryan*
Kathleen Sanders
Roger Shanley
Thomas Sheridan and Christine Szuter
Randall Steven Smith
Claudette Stern
George and Colleen Subiti
Carolyn and Richard Szatkowski
Sandra Szelag and Carol Kells*
Sheila Tobias
​Erec Toso
Priscilla and Thomas Turner

Bill and Brenda Viner*
Tom and Barbara Waldron*
Bonnie Wehle
Phillip and Jo Anne Woodall