Our Donations Policy

Persimmon Tree’s mission is to bring the creativity and talent of women over sixty to a wide audience of readers of all ages. We are looking for work that reveals rich experience and a variety of perspectives. Each issue of the magazine will include several fiction and nonfiction pieces, poetry by one or more poets, and the work of one or more visual artists. The magazine is published quarterly, in association with Mills College.

We at Persimmon Tree are dedicated to bringing you creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art from women over sixty.

Our commitment comes from seeing too many excellent older women writers and artists ignored or disregarded. We live in a youth-oriented society that fails to validate, much less venerate, these women’s talent and skill. Yet they have so much to offer. Decades of life experience have prepared them to speak to the largest questions, and they know how to do this in a multiplicity of ways.

Persimmon Tree wants to make older women’s work available to all ages.

The task is huge. Those of us who are doing it are volunteers, except for our web staff. The editor puts in very long hours, as do the contributing editors. Creating a magazine takes a lot of time and money.

We’re deeply committed—but you can help, too.
Consider sending a donation.
No amount is too small; everything will be very much appreciated.
If you wish to, you can designate your donation in honor of or in memory of an individual.
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2. If you would prefer to contribute by check, you can do so by making out your check to Persimmon Tree and mailing it to

Jean Zorn
Persimmon Tree
1600 S.E. 15th St
Apt. 212
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


*Persimmon Tree is a tax exempt charitable organization, pursuant to IRC Section 501(c)(3). Persimmon Tree is also a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. All contributions to Persimmon Tree, whether made by check directly to Persimmon Tree or by credit card via Fractured Atlas, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

However you make your gift, and whatever its size, many thanks in helping to grow this persimmon tree!

2020-2021 DONORS

Here is a list of the donations Persimmon Tree received from you, our very generous readers and supporters, from January 2020 through February 2021. We try to ensure that this list is as complete, up to date, and accurate as it can be, but if you see any mistakes in it, or if anyone’s name is missing, please let us know, and we’ll make a correction as soon as we can.

Sponsors have contributed $100 or more; sustainers have contributed from $50 to $99, and supporters have contributed up to $99. We are grateful to all our donors, no matter the size of your gift. It is only because of your generosity that Persimmon Tree is able to continue to highlight the talent and creativity of older women.


Jacqueline Ariail
Margaret Bachtel
Marian Baldy
Wendy Barker
Lyn Brakeman
Nancy Braun
Emily Breese
Mary Burke
Judy Cromett
Katherine Cunningham
Nyla Dartt
Astrid Dadourian
Mimi Dunn
Elana Dykewoman
Barbara Faulkner
Five Partners Foundation
Nan Gefen
Chellis Glendinning
Adele Glimm
Karen Grassle
Eugenia Grohman
Robin Gross
Susan Halpern
Grace Harde
Nancy Henningsen
Cynthia Hogue
Joanne Howell
Ann Humphrey
Karen Johnson
Antoinette Kennedy
Barbara Kivovitz
Marianne Kranz
Maureen Lahey
Julie Lakehomer
Jane Lazarre
Joan Leibovitz
Sue Leonard
Ellen Levy
Renee Locks
Fran Lubow
Catharine Lucas
Susan Lundgren
Christine Lyons
Margaret Mandel
Melody Mansfield
Jacquelyn Marie
Lucy Marx
Martha Mendelsohn
Heidi Messner, in honor of Nancy Kline
Mary Mullen
Carol Nadell
Jennifer Nessel
Susan Nestor
Melanie Perrish
Jane Perry
Niomi Rohn Phillips
Gena Raps
Patricia Rauscheer
Lynne Reitman
Kathleen Sampson
Adrienne Sciutto
Schwartz Family Fund
Rhea Shapiro
Katherine Sklar
Barbara Kreader Skalindar
Beverly Stock
Anne-Marie Sutton
Eleanor Swent
Norma Tucker
Mardi Tuminaro
Drucilla Wall
Merryl Weber
Carol Wright
Eve Yachnes
Jean Zorn


Anita Altman
Susan Apel
Linda Appel
Gail Arnoff
Barbara Baer
Julia Ballerini
Melissa Baron
Lois Bassen
Margo Berdeshevsky
Rachel Biale
Lalita Noronha Biob
Holly Bishop
Adrianne Borgia, in memory of my mother, Elizabeth Borgia
Janet Brof
Kimberly Burnett
Eileen Burns
Darlene Ceremello
Julia Chang
Myriam Chapman
Audrey Chin
Jane D. Choate
Marian Clark
Nancy Collins-Warner
Mary Cook
Claudine Corbanese
Sharon Corcoran
Nancy Corlis
Judy Cothy
Elaine D’Agostino
Margo Davis
JP DiBlasi
Louise Dolan
Mimi Dunn
Susanne Dutton
Noma Edwards
Rosanne Ehrlich
Caroline Ellis
Judith Emilie
Frieda Ferrick
Susan Florence
Suvan Geer
Linda Gelbrich
Gail Gilliland
Rosemary Hamm
Judith Harding
Dale Hay
Janet Holmgren
MaryAlice Hostettler
Joanne Jagoda
Bonnie Johnson
Maj-Britt Johnson
Nell Joslin
Elise Kazanjian
Llandreth Keller
Karen Keltz
Sharon Kennedy
Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, in memory of Nelly Burlingham
Kathryn Koob
Susan Koppelman
Susan Kress
Pamela Kress-Dunn
Jacqueline Kudler
Rochelle Lefkowitz
Amy Leonard
Frances Leili
Wendy Lichtman
Mardeth Louisell
Marylee MacDonald
Charlotte Mandel
Patricia McMillen
Rita Mendes-Flohr
Ave Merritt
Heather Messner
Nancy Mikelsons
Lynn Miller
Ruth Minka
Naris Montes, in memory of a wonderful poet, Bonnie L. Johnson
Jane Morgan
Louise Moses
Susan Narayan
Connie Nelson
Joan Neusel
Mary Kate Owens
Nancy Piore
Hope Prosky
Charlene Reichert
Ellen Reichman
Judy Richardson
Susan Rice
Joyce Ritchie
Angela Rizzuti
Lynn Roberts
Lois Roelofski
Kathleen Robinson
Jean Rogers
Alice Campbell Romano
Phyllis Rozman
Vera Salter
Mary Ann Savage
Ruth Saxton, in memory of Jane Schoch Basey
Mary Scherf
Susan Schoch
Claudia Smith
Julia Spring
Monique Stampleman
Elizabeth Stoessl
Patricia Sullivan
Bonnie Tappan
Priscilla Tilley
Windflower Townley
Elizabeth Kirckpatrick Vrenios
Mary Waters
Audrey Wells
Maureen West
Ernestine Whitman
Avra Wing
Susan Won
Ellen Woods
Joyce Zonana


Liz Abrams-Morley
Margarita Alvarez
Marie Anderson
Anonymous (11)
Judith Myers Avis
Ellyn Bache
Subhaga Crystal Bacon
Sing Baker
Elly Bache
Nancy Bauer-King
Greta Berman
Arlene Bernholtz
Patti Bess
Joyce Bird
Sandra Bittenbender
Miriam Black
Pamela Blair
Alice Bloch
Lisa Michael Boldt
Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton
Sandra Butler
Mary J. Breen
Irene Briggs
Theresa Brown
Gloria Buckley
Sandra Butler
Wendy T. Carlisle
Judith Caroll
Annis Cassells
Elizabeth Chase
Wendy Cleveland
Patty Cogan
Margaret Crane
Henrietta Dahlstrom
LinMarie DiCianni
Jannie Dresser
Laurie Duncan
Sue Ellis
Meredith Escudier
Roslyn Tanner Evans
Catherine Flaherty
Dede Fox
Ruth Gaia
Helen Gioulis
Sheila Grinell
Karen Gross
Gwen Gunn
Susan Gunter
Diana Hart
Margaret Hasse
Josephine Hausam
Laura Hays
JoAnn Hoffman
Cheryl Heineman
Sally Hess
Anki Hodenpijl
Jo Ann Hoffman
Elizabeth Horst
Susan Huebner
Page Humpston
Zita Ingham
Lorraine Jeffery
Claire Kahane
Barbara Kazdan
Claire Keyes
Jean Kilbourne
Ellen Kirschman
Joan Kneusel
Sarah Kotchian
Margaret Kroger
Cheryl Levine
Lori Levy
Vicki Lofquist
Alison Loris
Yvonne Lorvan
Joyce Lott
Carol Luther
Gretchen MacLachlan
Linda Maki
Carol Marsh
Claire Massey
Margaret Mazzaferro
Susan Gene McCartney
Portia McCracken
Laurie McCray
Julianne McCullagh
Carolyn McGrath
Nancy McKay
Angie Minkin
Elaine Mokhtefi
Judith Montgomery
Judith Moorman
Alberta Morgan
Karen Morris
Mary Mullen
Carol Nadell
Charlene Neely
Nancy Nelson
Nancy Nichols-Goldstein
Dorty Nowak
Nancy Nowak
Elaine Nussbaum
Alice Nye
Mary K. O’Melveny
Alicia Ostriker
Kenneth Parker
Sylvia Pollack
Patricia Pomerleau
Judith Quaempts
Sylvia Ramos
Hilda Raz
Susan Rees
Holly Rice
Crystal Rogers
Lois Rosen
Eleanor Rubin
Paula Rudnick
Susan Shaw Sailer
Hilary Sallick
Carla Schick
Penelope Schott
Elaine Schwartz
Barbara Segal
Shirley Shatsky
Kenith Simmons
Marsha Sinkevich
Norma Smith
Charlene Spretnak
Dianne Stepp
S.L. Stevens
Susan Strassburger
Carol Sundec
S. L. Stevens
Nina Tassi
Patricia Temple
Elaine Terranova
Memye Curtis Tucker
Ellen Hunter Ulken
Kathy Wagenknecht
Edna Wallace
Alison Webb
Gail Webber
Judy Wells
Margaret Willey
Elana Wolff
Phyllis Woloshin
Llewellyn Wynne
Eva Yachnes
R. M. Yager
Madelyn Young
Elizabeth Zimmer
Barbara Zucal