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 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

Foundation and Business Support
Amazon Literary Partnership Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Humanities
Art for Justice
Aslan Foundation
Albert and Elaine Borchard 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
Line and Space, LLC
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:
Ed Alley
Dean Azzarello
Winifred Bundy
Colleen Burns
Chris Carroll
Clint Colby
Henry Combellick
Jimmye Hillman
Joshua Hurand
Frank Jennings
Shelley Lorentzen
Maxine Marshall
Steve Orlen
George Rosenberg
Lynn Saul
Lois Schaefer
Lois Shelton
Don and Luda Soldwedel
Curtis Stubbs
Theodore (Ted) Taubeneck
Jeffrey Taylor
Katherine Way
Howard Zogott
Honorary Gifts were received in honor of:
Barbara Allen
Susan Bansak 
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg
Alison Deming
Norma and Stanley Feldman
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman
Louise Greenfield
Cynthia Hogue
Randall Rodman Holdridge
Tony Luebberman
Helen and John Schaefer
Sandy Szelag
Sheila Tobias

CantoMundo donations of $250.00 or more
Jacob Shores Argüello
M. Soledad Caballero
Eduardo Corral
Amy Kastely
Raina Leon
Deborah Paredez
Emmy E. Pérez
Jennifer Soriano


* Denotes charter Whitman Circle member

LIFETIME GIFTS of $10,000 +
L.R. Benes
Gail Browne and Frances Sjoberg*
Winifred Bundy*
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*
Ashley Hurand
Anne Maley Schaffner and Timothy Schaffner
Max McCauslin and John Smith
Anonymous gift in honor of Jimmye Hillman*
Jojene Mills
Patricia Morgan
Michael Rattee*
Helen and John Schaefer*
Richard Shelton*
Peggy Shumaker and Joseph Usibelli*
Donna Somma
Susan vonKersburg
James and Judith Walsh*
Christina Zogott

Christine Baines*
Stephen and Susan Bansak

Camille and Aaron Botelho
Archibald and Laura Brown*
Cameron Cohen and Lisa Wise*
Norma and Stanley Feldman*
Marc and Muriel Goldfeder
Marsha and David Irwin*
John LaWall
Sandra Maxfield

Theodore Maynard and Barbara Sherman
Tyler Meier and Katie Patt
Nancy Pitt 
Jim and Anita Rankin
Donald and Nancy Rollings
Robert and Lisa Swift* / TCI Wealth Advisors

William and Joanna Westcott
Paul Wheeler
J. Stanley Yake

Melissa Brechon and Jay Clark
Dianne Bret Harte
Janell Cannon
Karen Christensen and Kenneth Kay
Thomas Cobb*
Geraldine and Stephen Connolly*
Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee DeConcini
Shirley Estes
Ronna Fickbohm
Blair Finkelstein
Teresa Foley
Doug and Elizabeth Friman
Harry George and Cita Scott
Gloria Giffords
James and Louise Glasser*
Anne Marie and Philip Hall
William and Leslie Holmes*
John Hudak*
Debra Jacobson
Judith Jance
Lillian Janssen
Jeremy Kahn
Joan Kaye Cauthorn

Peter and Melanie Maier*
Jeanne and Christopher Osgood
Pamela Portwood and Mark Taylor*
Maria Schuchardt
Nancy Wall*
Susan and Leslie Wallach*
Nancy Warfield
Mary Wildner-Bassett*

Karen Williams

Susan Hardy Aiken*
Barbara Allen
Dorothy Blake
Kerstin Block / Buffalo Exchange
Sheryl Boris
James and Linda Brandi
Jane and Marvin Brown
Wendy Burk and Eric Magrane*
Colleen and James Burns*
Sylvia and Alejandro Canelos
Robin Carter
Joan and Ron Engel
Elizabeth and Bryan Falcón
Richard Feinberg and Robin Verdon
Mary Lou Forier and John Wahl*
Jerry and Lynn Greenberg
Marilyn J. Halonen*
Helen Hillman
Cynthia Hogue
E. Courtney Johnson 
Linda Lou Lamb*
Kirk Markarian & Emily Walsh
Randolph Maxted
Joseph McGarry
Matthew and Diane Meier 
Ron Pullins and Leslie Powell
Steven Russo 
Gregory Sale and Michael Tucker
Kathleen and Douglas Sanders
Gregory Scaven
Ann Schaefer-Reid and Andy Reid
Robin and David Shambach*
Susan and Robert St Pierre
George and Colleen Subiti
Merle Turchik and Gibb Windahl*
Priscilla and Thomas Turner
Bonnie Wehle
Matthew and Lisa Winkler

Adele Barker
John Barrett and Anne Breckenridge Barrett
David Bartlett and Janice Wezelman
Kate Bernheimer*
Lucinda and Bill Bliss
Besty Bolding
Karen Brennan
Kittredge Bret Harte
Jennifer Britz
Charlie Buck
Sharon Bundy and Bruce Irby
William Burnett
Colleen Carri
Robert Casper
Rodrigo Ceballos
Mary Clack
Shelley Cohn and Mollie Trivers
Scott DeWald and Deborah Jamieson
Jennifer Delahunty
Seth Schindler and Diane Dittemore
Alain-Philippe Durand
Darrell Durham
Elizabeth Evans and Stephen Reitz*
Lawrence Evers and Barbara Grygutis
Karen Falkenstrom
Anne and Noel Fidel
Robert Fouch
Mary Jo Ghory

Suzannah Gilman
Kelly and Christopher Goldsmith
John Gray and Nancy Silvis
David and Virginia Griffis
Christine and Jonathon Gross*
Bruce Gungle*
James Hannley and Pamela Powers Hannley*
Cynthia and Jorgen Hansen
Margaret Hartman
Law Office of David E. Hill, PLC
Linda Patton Hoffman
Janet and Joe Hollander
Marcia and Albert Hunker
Amanda Hunt and Chris Chavez*
Carol and Gary Hurand
Sara Hurand and Elie Weiss
Pamela Jackson
Gayle and Frederic Jandrey*
Jerrold Kalstein
Joyce Kalstein
Reed Karaim and Aurelie Sheehan
Susan and Douglas Kliman
Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Philip and Kay Korn
Sarah Kortemeier and Keith Martin
Pierre Landau and Katya Peterson
Jane Levin and Judy Reisman
Robert Lipinczyk and Shelli Hall Lipinczyk
Donald and Margaret Lofgren
Tony and Susan Luebbermann*
Mark Luprecht
Ned Mackey
Adrian Matejka
Stuart and Nancy Mellan
William McCoy and Whitney Vale
Kate McMillan and William Krauss
Gary and Susan Miller
Thomas and Kerstin Miller*
Susie Morris
James Nations
Chuck and Susan Ott
John Peck
Rodney Phillips*
Phyllis and Robert Reid
Mary Romaniello
Rona Rosenberg

Barrie Ryan*
Arlene Schuchner
Roger Shanley
Victoria Shaw
Thomas Sheridan and Christine Szuter
Harriet Silverman
Marjorie Simon
Randall Steven Smith
Carolyn and Richard Szatkowski
Sandra Szelag and Carol Kells*
​Erec Toso
David Van Houten
Bill and Brenda Viner*
David and Ashley Wagstaff
Tom and Barbara Waldron*
Phillip and Jo Anne Woodall