Please note that our scholarship application process has been improved and expanded. 

The Mary Ann Campau/Will Inman Scholarships program now provides four full, need-based scholarships to community members to defray tuition for a course offered through the Poetry Center's Classes & Workshops program. Four full scholarships (ranging in value from $132 for a four-session class to $324 for an 8-week workshop or seminar, according to recipient interest) are awarded each term (fall, spring, and summer). The Poetry Center is grateful to the donors of the Mary Ann Campau Fund and to the late Will Inman for their generous financial support of poets and writers in our Southern Arizona community.

Who is Eligible

Any community member with financial need is eligible to apply with the exception of Poetry Center employees and interns. The scholarship must be used during the season for which it was awarded. You need only attest to financial need: i.e., the inability to pay a course's tuition without financial strain. Scholarships are awarded by lottery and may be applied to any course a recipient wishes.

How to Apply

The window to apply for a scholarship for a Summer 2018 course IS NOW OPEN until May 14, 2018. Apply here

There is a simple, free online application managed via the user-friendly electronic submissions manager Submittable, through which our course registration process is also managed. You will be asked for your contact information, a declaration of need, and your course preference.

Four qualified applicants are selected at random and notified, by email or telephone, in advance of the course's open registration date. At that time they will be manually enrolled in the courses they choose. 

Applicants not selected will also receive notification in advance of course registration.

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns: 

Mary Ann Campau

A resident of Tucson for forty years, Mary Ann Campau was a devoted supporter of poetry and poets in our community. She was a well-known and much-loved public school teacher who retired in 1989, when she began to take workshops at the Poetry Center with Richard Siken and Richard Shelton and then through the Writing Works Center with William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk. These workshops sparked a passion for poetry and a dedication to her local poetry community. Mary Ann hosted writing classes with guest poets in her own home and provided "grants" to writers who could not otherwise afford to attend these and other workshops. She attended, supported, and participated in numerous local reading series. Through her own enthusiasm, she cultivated new audiences for poetry. Her poems were published in local journals, includingSandcutters and The Tucson Poet and in 2001 she published a full-length collection of her own poetry, Like a Waterweed Ghost

Will Inman

Will Inman was born on May 4, 1923, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University in 1943, then held jobs in a shipyard, a trade union, libraries, universities, and a facility for the disabled. Among other leadings he was an activist in the War Resisters League and other organizations, and was writing all during this time. He co-founded and edited the literary journals Kauri and New Kauri. After some years in New York City, Inman moved to Tucson where he worked with the developmentally disabled and led writing workshops for the general community as well as for people in homeless shelters and prisons. Inman is the author of I Read You Green, Mother (Howling Dog Press, 2008), Surfings: Selected Poems (Howling Dog Press, 2005), and a number of chapbooks, including Ranges (Minotaur Editions) and Leaps of Hope and Fury (Pudding House).