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!


Here is a list of the donations Persimmon Tree received from you, our very generous readers and supporters, in 2020. We try to make sure 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 in 2020, sustainers have contributed from $50 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 do its good and needed work.


Jacqueline Ariail
Margaret Bachtel
Marian Baldy
Wendy Barker
Lyn Brakeman
Nancy Braun
Emily Breese
Mary Burke
Jud Crinnet
Katherine Cunningham
Nyla Dartt
Astrid Dadourian
Mimi Dunn
Elana Dykewoman
Barbara Faulkner
Five Partners Foundation
Nancy Henningsen
Nan Gefen
Gail Gilliland
Chellis Glendinning
Adele Glimm
Karen Grassle
Eugenia Grohman
Susan Halpern
Robin Gross
Grace Harde
Cynthia Hogue
Joanne Howell
Ann Humphrey
Karen Johnson
Antoinette Kennedy
Barbara Kivovitz
Marion Kranz
Maureen Lahey
Julie Lakehomerr
Koan Leibovitz
Sue Leonard
Ellen Levy
Fran Lubow
Renee Locks
Catharine Lucas
Christine Lyons
Margaret Mandel
Melody Mansfield
Jacquelyn Marie
Lucy Marx
Martha Mendelsohn
Mary Mullen
Carol Nadell
Jennifer Nessel
Susan Nestor
Melanie Perish
Jane Perry
Niomi Rohn Phillips
Patricia Rauscheer
Lynne Reitman
Kathleen Sampson
Ruth Saxton
Adrienne Sciutto
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
Anonymous (3)
Susan Apel
Linda Appel
Gail Arnoff
Barbara Baer
Julia Ballerini
Melissa Baron
Lois Bassen
Nancy Bauer-King
Margo Berdeshevsky
Rachel Biale
Holly Bishop
Lalita Noronha Blob
Adrianne Borgia, in memory of my mother, Elizabeth Borgia
Janet Brof
Kimberly Burnett
Eileen Burns
Darlene Ceremello
Julia Chang
Myriam Chapman
Audrey Chin
Marian Clark
Nancy Collins-Warner
Mary Cook
Claudine Corbanese
Sharon Corcoran
Nancy Corlis
Judy Cothy
Elaine Dagostino
Margo Davis
JP DiBlasi
Louise Dolan
Susanne Dutton
Marcia E
Norma Edwards
Rosanne Ehrlich
Caroline Ellis
Judith Emilie
Frieda Ferrick
Catherine Flaherty
Susan Florence
Gail Galland
Suvan Geer
Linda Gelbrich
Gail Gilliland
Rosemary Hamm
Dale Hay
Janet Holmgren
MaryAlice Hostetter
Joanne Jagoda
Bonnie Johnson
Nell Joslin
Elise Kazanjian
Pat Llandreth Keller
Sharon Kennedy
Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, in memory of Nelly Burlingham
Kathryn Koob
Susan Koppelman
Pamela Kress-Dunn
Susan Kress
Jacqueline Kudler
Rochelle Lefkowitz
Amy Leonard
Frances Leili
Wendy Lichtman
Mardeth Louisell
Charlotte Mandel
Patricia McMillen
Rita Mendes-Flohr
Ave Merritt
Heather Messner
Heidi Messner, in honor of Nancy Kline
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
Charlene Reichert
Ellen Reichman
Judy Richardson
Susan Rice
Joyce Ritchie
Angela Rizzuti
Lynn Roberts
Kathleen Robinson
Lois Roelofs
Jean Rogers
Alice Campbell Romano
Phyllis Rozman
Vera Salter
Mary Ann Savage
Ruth Saxton, in memory of Jane Schoch Basey
Mary Scherf
Susan Schoch
Adrienne Sciutto
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
Joyce Zonana


Liz Abrams-Morley
Margarita Alvarez
Marie Anderson
Anonymous (11)
Judith Myers Avis
Ellyn Bache
Subhaga Crystal Bacon
Sing Baker
Greta Berman
Arlene Bernholtz
Patti Bess
Joyce Bird
Sandra Bittenbender
Miriam Black
Pamela Blair
Alice Bloch
Lisa Michael Boldt
Sandra Butler
Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton
Mary J. Breen
Irene Briggs
Theresa Brown
Gloria Buckley
Sandra Butler
Wendy T. Carlisle
Judith Caroll
Annis Cassells
Elizabeth Chase
Marian Clark
Wendy Cleveland
Nancy Collins-Warner
Margaret Crane
Margo Davis
LinMarie DiCianni
Louise Dolan
Jannie Dresser
Laurie Duncan
Susanne Dutton
Noma Edwards
Sue Ellis
Meredith Escudier
Roslyn Tanner Evans
Dede Fox
Ruth Gais
Suvan Geer
Helen Gioulis
Sheila Grinell
Karen Gross
Gwen Gunn
Susan Gunter
Diana Hart
Margaret Hasse
Laura Hays
JoAnn Hoffman
Josephine Housam
Cheryl Heineman
Sally Hess
Anki Hodenpijl
Jo Ann Hoffman
Cynthia Hogue
Elizabeth Horst
Susan Huebner
Page Humpston
Zita Ingham
Lorraine Jeffery
Claire Kahane
Barbara Kazdan
Antoinette Kennedy
Sharon Kennedy
Claire Keyes
Jean Kilbourne
Ellen Kirschman
Kathryn Koob
Susan Koppelman
Sarah Kotchian
Marianne Kranz
Margaret Kroger
Maurine Lahey
Cheryl Levine
Lori Levy
Vicki Lofquist
Alison Loris
Yvonne Lorvan
Joyce Lott
Mardith Louisell
Carol Luther
Rosemary Hamm
Gretchen MacLachlan
Carol Marsh
Claire Massey
Margaret Mazzaferro
Susan Gene McCartney
Portia McCracken
Laurie McCray
Julianne McCullagh
Carolyn McGrath
Nancy McKay
Mary K. Melveny
Elaine Mokhtefi
Judith Montgomery
Judith Moorman
Alberta Morgan
Karen Morris
Nancy Nelson
Nancy Nichols-Goldstein
Dorty Nowak
Nancy Nowak
Elaine Nussbaum
Alice Nye
Alicia Ostriker
Mary Kate Owens
Kenneth Parker
Sylvia Pollack
Patricia Pomerleau
Hope Niman Prosky
Judith Quaempts
Sylvia Ramos
Hilda Raz
Susan Rees
Holly Rice
Judy Richardson
Joyce Ritchie
Crystal Rogers
Eleanor Rubin
Paula Rudnick
Susan Sailor
Hilary Sallick
Penelope Schott
Elaine Schwartz
Barbara Segal
Shirley Shatsky
Kenith Simmons
Charlene Spretnak
Dianne Stepp
Susan Strassburger
Patricia Sullivan
Carol Sundec
S. L. Stevens
Patricia Temple
Elaine Terranova
Memye Curtis Tucker
Mardi Tuminaro
Kathy Wagenknecht
Edna Wallace
Mary Waters
Alison Webb
Gail Webber
Judy Wells
Margaret Willey
Susan Won
Elana Wolff
Phyllis Woloshin
Ellen Woods
Carol Wright
Llewellyn Wynne
Eva Yachnes
R. M. Yager
Madelyn Young
Elizabeth Zimmer
Barbara Zucal