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Thank You to Our 2023 Partners & Donors

You make it happen! Thank you for believing in the power of poetry and for supporting free community access to live Arts & Culture with your gift to Poetry Palooza! Your generous donations helped launch Central Iowa's first major celebration of poetry and poets in 20 years.


You recognized the time is right to illustrate how much words matter through the common bond of extraordinary poetry. Thank you for:

  • Encouraging established and emerging poets to hone their craft

  • Recognizing the unique and universal healing power of poetry

  • Expanding intergenerational and urban-rural communication

  • Enriching the climate of Arts & Culture in Central Iowa

With gratitude from all of us at Poetry&, thank you.

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Partners & In-Kind Donors


Mainframe Studios

Iowa Poetry Association

Franklin Jr. High Event Center


Humanities Iowa


Mercy One Richard Deming Cancer Center and Above & Beyond Cancer

Mainframe Studios

Business Record



Art on the Prairie

In honor of Jan Kaiser

Franklin Jr. High Event Center

Polk County Board of Supervisors

Susan Koch Bridgford

Trudy Holman Hurd


Beaverdale Books

Susan Rutledge Brenton

In honor of James Autry

Hal Chase

Crowley Design

Jacqueline Devine

Gupta Family Foundation

Norma Hirsch

Iowa Poetry Association

Martha James and Mike Myszewski

Jan Kaiser

Claudette and P.J. McDonald

Kay and Bob Riley

Patsy & John Shors

In memory of Mary Barakat

Pat Boddy and Rob Davis

Dory Briles

Judy Conlin

Des Moines Area Community College

Diane Glass and Jeff Means

Katherine and Andrew Hauser

In honor of Dory Briles

Charlotte and Fred Hubbell

Fritz James

Martha Jones

Mary and Dan Kelly

Mary Riche and Chuck Offenburger

Karen Shaff and Steven Jayne

Deb Wiley and John Schmidt

In memory of Mary Barakat
“Mary Barakat, a long time resident of Des Moines, died unexpectedly in Boulder, Colorado, on November 4, 2022.  She will be dearly missed by the community she loved and served, as well as by her family and so many friends.”


Susan M. and Fausto Avila

Alicia and David Claypool

Kacey Davis and Andrew Buscher

Elaine Estes

Julie Gammack

Mary Gottschalk and 

Kent Zimmerman

Ellen Keine

In honor of Jan Kaiser

Ana McCracken

Kathleen Murrin

Debbie and Douglas West

In honor of Jan Kaiser

Carol Bodensteiner

Courtney and J.B. Conlin

April Emerson

In honor of Jan Kaiser

Paula Feltner

In memory of Dr. Michael Eberle

Diane Glass

In honor of Jan Kaiser

Carol Grant

Julie and Doug Klein

Paula Hutton McKinley

Isobel Osius

Michelle and Steve Whitty

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