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Poetry Center programs for 2019–20 are kindly supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sam Mazza Foundation, the Poetry Coalition (via a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the John F. Norton Trust, the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust, San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Anonymous Donors, and Friends of the Poetry Center. Join us!

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From the Director

Dear Friend,

In the midst of the given shared circumstances, for Fall 2020 we're moving to all remote-access online programs, with all events canceled last Spring reorganized and rescheduled, plus wholly new events opening and closing this season. Online programs will include Real-Time Captioning, and we've invested in generating closed-captioning for all video documents of Poetry Center programs, starting this September.

Gratitude to the Poetry Center Advisory Group — Brandon Brown, Norma Cole, alex cruse, Tonya M. Foster, and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta — for their work in the background, and for kindly appearing as emcees. And to the stellar Poetry Center staff — Elise Ficarra, Associate Director, with our intern crew TreVaughn Roach-Carter, Brent Awa Jensen, and Carlos Quinteros III (emcees this Fall as well), plus Molly Hirsch, our John F. Norton Fellow, with DocFilm, all of whom are fortunately returning this Fall. Everyone is stepping up in whole new ways to help bring our guest artists and their work to you. Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, Director of the DocFilm Institute, our partner organization at SF State, has been exceptional in her vision and support. Jon Raskin helped us imagine some paths for remote-access programming. And Kevin CK Lo gets special props, for being a wizard.

All remote-access events will start promptly at the announced time.

As ever, we do what we do with your support. The Poetry Center—in addition to securing funding through grants in support of our programs—relies on modest donations from people like you, attuned to the work we do. We’re extremely aware that we’re doing this work in the economically brutal environs of the Bay Area. So, $5 each month can be an economically easier way to go if you’re on a tight budget. That makes $60 for the year. If you can double that to $10 per month, that's $120. Or make an easy one-time donation online. Checks are welcome, made out to: The Poetry Center/SFSU, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132. Some employers will match your donation, so please ask where you work. We will put your gift to good use.

Very remarkably in this environment, the Sam Mazza Foundation committed this year to funding our Mazza Writer in Residence program for the next ten years. We are grateful for this exceptional act of trust! Programs for 2020-21 will continue to be supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Walter & Ellise Haas Fund continues in its support of our In Common Writers Series for Fall 2020. The annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture continues to be sustained by the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust. The John F. Norton Trust continues supporting the crucial work of documenting our program series, through our working with the DocFilm Institute. And our Tripwire Cross Cultural Poetics Series will be back for its third year in Spring 2021.

We’ll continue seeking and securing foundation and endowment support. Individual donations however remain essential—for demonstrating to larger funders that we indeed have wide public support, and for covering program costs our funders don’t. If you or someone you know is able to offer an annual gift in support of a program series ($1,500/year, and upwards, can fund a single annual event), please write to me. And please tune in to what’s becoming a significant online archive of recent videos (alongside historic video and audio) at Poetry Center Digital Archive. And do please join us for our remote-access events!

The most encouraging gifts we get are from people who decide for the first time to send us a check, or make an easy online donation. Please join those who do so each year: $50 makes you a member; $30 for low-income giving; and $100 or more is very welcome. 

Contributions are tax-deductible within allowable limits of tax law.

See you somewhere—

Steve Dickison, Director


Ways to Give

Give Online

There are multiple options for making online donations. Please consider, e.g., a recurring donation, once per month (or quarterly) at whatever amount you want to give.

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Mail your donation to:

The Poetry Center/SFSU
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Additional Giving

You may wish to consider one or more of the following enhanced giving strategies:

Matching Gifts

Many companies match employee gifts up to a certain limit per year. Ask your human resources department whether your company is among those participating in a gift-matching program, or consult SF State’s matching gifts database.

Recurring Gifts

Recurring credit-card gifts can enable you to make a more significant gift than you might otherwise be able to afford at one time. You can elect to make a recurring gift on the College of Liberal & Creative Arts Donation Form. Please explore the options there for monthly or quarterly donations of any amount.

Donating Securities

For information on how to donate securities or other types of assets, please contact University Development.

Planned Giving

Through planned giving, you can make the most of your estate in ways that will leave a generous and significant legacy for future generations of chamber musicians and lovers of the art of chamber music. For further information please contact University Development, or visit the Planned Giving website.

IRS Regulations

Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent allowed under IRS regulations. For further information please contact University Development.

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