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We invite you to join Aspen Words, Colorado’s oldest literary center and a program of the Aspen Institute, and become a part of Aspen’s literary legacy. By making an annual tax-deductible donation, you will help us celebrate more than four decades of literary excellence for readers and writers of all ages. Click here for a list of current AW members.


Members of Aspen Words enjoy direct access to the brightest lights in the literary world. Your membership dues provide vital funds for our seven year-round programs that annually serve several thousand literary enthusiasts.

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Contributor, up to $99

Benefits include:
10% discount on Winter Words and Summer Words book titles by purchasing books at Explore Booksellers in advance of the events
– Advance notice of public events and tickets on-sale dates
– Automatic entry to win AW special giveaways

Wordsmith, $100

Includes all benefits of the Contributor level, plus:
– Discounts on select AW events
– Recognition in select AW marketing materials

Scribe, $250

Includes all benefits of the Wordsmith level, plus:
– Invitation to member-only author receptions
– One ticket to one Winter Words event of your choice
– One ticket to one Summer Words event of your choice

Bard, $500

Includes all benefits of the Scribe level, plus:
– Two tickets to one Winter Words event of your choice
– Two tickets to one Summer Words event of your choice

Literati, $1,000

Includes all the benefits of the Bard level, plus:
– One complimentary season subscription to Winter Words OR two tickets to
three Winter Words events

Publisher, $2,500
Includes all benefits of the Literati level, plus:
– Membership in Aspen Words National Council
– Invitations to all National Council author events
– Invitation to one private dinner with a Winter Words author or Writer in Residence
– One complimentary pass to all Summer Words events
– Special reserved seating at all Summer Words, Winter words, and special events
– Invitations to select Aspen Institute Society of Fellows events

Laureate, $5,000
Includes all benefits of the Publisher level, plus:
– Two complimentary passes to all Winter Words events
– Invitations to two private dinners with a Winter Words author or Writer in Residence
– Discounts and early registration for Aspen Ideas Festival, Environment Forum, and Security Forum
– Invitation to Aspen Institute Holiday Party

Silver Quill, $10,000 
Includes all the benefits of the Laureate level, plus:
– Two complimentary passes to all Summer Words events
– Named reserved seating at all AW public events
– Invitations to three private dinners with Winter Words authors or Writers in Residence
– Advance copies of books from all Winter Words authors
– Gifts at this level and above can be specified

Gold Quill, $25,000
Includes all the benefits of the Silver Quill level, plus:
– Select signed copies of books from Summer Words authors
– Invitations to four private dinners with Winter Words authors or Writers in Residence

Platinum Quill, $50,000 and above
Includes all benefits of the Gold Quill level, plus:

Please contact Director Jamie Kravitz, with any questions about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, membership levels and benefits, and for information about: a gift of stock; a scholarship grant; planned giving.

Members may also choose to not receive benefits.


PLATINUM QUILL ($50,000 – $300,000)
Sallie and Tom Bernard
Jessica and John Fullerton
Isa Catto Shaw and Daniel Shaw

GOLDEN QUILL ($25,000+)
Suzanne Bober and Stephen Kahn
The Austin Memorial Foundation – Gretchen Cole and Craig Corona
City of Aspen
Linda and Dennis Vaughn

SILVER QUILL ($10,000+)
The Bishop Family Foundation – Sandie and Archer Bishop
Barbara Fergus
Geraldine Karetsky and Larry Naughton
Jill and Curtis Kaufman
Elizabeth and Josh Mondry
Helen and Wally Obermeyer
Anne and Arnold Porath
Barbara Reese

LAUREATE ($5,000+)
Carol and Rob Auld
Barnard Fain Foundation—Judith Barnard and Michael Fain
Jacklyn and Miguel Bezos
Kitty Boone
Erin Branning
Julie Comins and Greg Pickrell
Les Dames d’Aspen
Terena Eisner
William and Diane Hunckler Foundation—Diane Goldberg and Bill Hunckler
Floreat Foundation—Ellen and Bill Hunt
Marcella Larsen and Chip Chilson
Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan Family Foundation—Mary and Patrick Scanlan
Serena Koenig and Mark Tompkins
Thrift Shop of Aspen

PUBLISHER ($2,500+)
Alpine Bank
Liz and John Adams
Wendy Aresty
Claudia and Richard Balderston
Lora and Jeb Ball
Edie Barvin
BP Foundation – Sarah Chase Shaw and Richard Shaw
Tara Carson
Bruce Etkin
Mark and Hunter Friedland
Jody Guralnick and Michael Lipkin
Jamie and Bush Helzberg
Rebecca Henry and Harry Gruner
Sharon and Lawrence Hite
Sue and Ron Hopkinson
Christine Karnes and Richard Check
The Magnolia Foundation – Cara and Robert Barnes
Laurie Michaels and David Bonderman
Lee Mulcahy
Sue O’Bryan
Cathy O’Connell and Fred Venrick
Blanca and Cavanaugh O’Leary
Lisanne Rogers
Lisa See and Richard Kendall
Jeannie and John Seybold
Michelle Smith

LITERATI ($1,000+)
Bruce Berger
Andrea and Christopher Bryan
Ruth Carver
The Dallas Foundation—Andrew Dunigan
Liza Degraff and Jon Mauck in honor of Suzanne Bober
Nancy Furlotti
Sharon and Lawrence Hite
Kathryn and Tad Hundertmark
Soledad and Robert Hurst
Stephanie Kallos
The Lambert Family Foundation—Shelia and Bill Lambert
Wendy Larsen
Erin Lentz
Dianne and Jim Light
Catherine Maas
Penny Meepos
Veronika Miller 
Ann O’Brien
Carole and Gordon Segal
Judith Steinberg
Vivian and Tom Waldeck
Jan and Kirk Williams

BARD ($500+)
Gina Berko
Erin Becker
Kristen and Charles Bieler
Kimberly Bloom
Lilly Bright
Adrienne Brodeur and Tim Ryan
Cynthia and Bob Chapman
Copaken Family Fund—Bunni and Paul Copaken
The Dobranski Foundation
Sue Edelstein and Bill Spence
Barbara and Paul Freeman
Karen and Marc Friedberg
Rebecca Henry
Theresa Kaspar and Dan McCarty
Renee Linnell
Robin and Tito Liotta
Susan and Fred Lodge
Susan Lynch
Eric Motley
Susan Okie and Scott Lindenau
Hensley and James Peterson
Zibby and Richard Schwartz
Joel Shannon
Andrew Skewes
Lou and Ray Stover

SCRIBE ($250+)
Sherry and Duane Abbott
Kathleen Barger
Marnie Bermingham
Jan Blaich
Judith Bleiler
Marcus Blue
Teresa and Timothy Brown
Cinda Collins
Heather Cramer
Lisabeth Daneels
Susan Doran and Drew Brasher
Susan and George Fesus
Ben Fountain
Carolyn Glah
Terry Gotthelf
Lori Gurtman
Karen Herrling and Dan Porterfield
Jeff Hoffman
Sis and Hasty Johnson
Kim Kourany
Barbara Carroll LaRose
Lord Family Fund—Karen and Courtney Lord
Martha Luttrell
Kathryn McKinley
Marci Morgan
Marjorie Musgrave and Frank Peters
D’Ann Norwood
Kevin Patrick
Lexie and Robert Potamkin
Barbara Reid and David Hyman
Alan Schoenbaum
Tyler Stableford
Thomas Stevens
Bill Stirling
Harry Teague
W. Bryce Thompson Foundation
Natalie and Andrew Travers
Townsend Walker
Douglas Weiser

Sherry and Duane Abbott
Steve Alldredge
Maria Armstrong
Amiee White Beazley
Judith Bleiler
Liz and John Bokram
Elizabeth Bonan
Dan Brabec
Killeen Brettmann
Bobbie Burkley
Marcia Butler
Kathryn Camp
Carbondale Arts
Jennifer Catto
Kristin Carlson
Kathleen Chaix
Sandy Cheris
Neligh Coates
Jamie Contractor
Susan Cottle
Cravitz Charitable Fund—Barbara Cravitz
Alicia Creyts
Karyn Crisp
Mac Cunningham
Pam Cunningham
Marjorie DeLuca
Alfred Dietsch
Barbara Dills
Mary Dominick-Coomer and Sven Coomer
Marsha and David Dowler
Charlotte Edwards
Elyse Elliott
Gayle Embrey
Sylvia Falk
Katie and Maggie Fitzgerald
Elise Fitzsimmons
Carol Wells-Federman
Leslieann Gallagher
Diane Gavin
Ethel Gofen
Julie Goldstein
Donna and Bernie Grauer
Dulcy Gregory
Molly Gregory
Susan Gross
Alia Hanna Habib
Jody and Charles Hadlock
Ivy Hansen
Portia Harcus
Christina Harrington
Keith Hemstreet
Gretchen Hinkamp
Deborah and Larry Hoffman
Stephen Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman
Stephanie Holder
Amy and Ryan Honey
Louise Hoversten
Mark Howard
Wendy Huber
Kristina Hurrell
Jacqueline Hutton
Megan Janssen
Gianna Jacobson
Elizabeth Jeffett
Susan Jenkins
Jan Jennings
Sandy Johnson
Linda and Greg Karaus
Joni Keefe
Karen Keeney
Jeffrey Kenner
Katie Kissane
Andrea Korber
Jamie Abbott Kravitz
Judy Kravitz
Amy Kwei
Brownell Landrum
Heather Leck
George Lilly
Jillian Livingston
Jessica Lundevall
Jenna McEachern
Andrea McTamaney
Julia Marshall
Kelly Morgan
Victoria Morris
Werner Neff
Mona Newton
Meredith Oakley
Peg O’Brien
Deena and Samuel Oksenhorn
Marjorie Musgrave and Frank Peters
Mona Newton
Lynda Palevsky
Fonda and Charles Paterson
Allison Keller Planting
Andrew Popinchalk
Maureen Poschman
Claudia Putnam
Lesia Rehl
Marilee Rippy
John Ristine
Tim Ritter 
Lisanne Rogers
Mary and Loren Ryerson
Sally Sakin
Spencer Schiffer
Robin Schiller
Helen Schulman and Bruce Handy
Ellie Scott
May Selby
Luky Seymour
Barbara Shaw
Eleanor Shelton
Jill Shore
Jesse Sleamaker
Lori Small
Nancy Smith
Lorraine Spector
Diane and Charles Spickert
James Spiegelman
Tanai Starrs
Leslie Stoupas
Francis Stuckens
Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation—Chloé Tabah
Lewis Teague
Zana Timroth
Hannah Tinti
Honorah Tinti
Caroline Tory
Lucy Tucker
Rolland Vasin
Thomas Van Straaten
Katie Viola
Peter Waanders
Ruth Wade
Luann Weigand
Jonathan Wells
Laura Werlin
Neff Werner
Lara and Marc Whitley
Carianne Wilder
Julie Wille
Sheila Wills
David Wood
Maria Yurasek
Eileen Zimmerman
Corey Zurbach

Lissa Ballinger
Carol Batchelder
Susan Beckerman
Richard Carrigan
Andrew Chrisomalis
Jane Click
Sara Garton
Shari Gaynor
Susan Graves
Emery Holton
Jackie Kasabach
Chris Keller
Scott Lasser
Mary Sue Rucci
Joanne Rubinoff
Bari and Eric Stahl
Karla Stuckey
Kadian Townsend
Graham Veysey
Donna and R.T. Ward
George Wear
Sara Weiss

List updated May 15, 2018