Lux readingPoetry@Tech was born out of the generosity of our benefactors - Henry C. and Margaret Bourne, and Bruce McEver.

Much of the work we do is only possible through philanthropy and grants from patrons of the arts, as well as organizations and foundations that believe in our mission and support the arts. Financial support and philanthropy will help us continue our mission of expanding the reach of poetry to students and audiences in the US and abroad.

If you would like to make a donation to Poetry@Tech, or discuss ways to support our activities and our community, please contact Travis Denton at

Our Patrons & Benefactors

Poetry@Tech Philanthropy

Philanthropic contributions make Poetry@Tech possible. In this video from the 2024 McEver Poetry Reading, Associate Director Travis Denton talks about the history of the program, and founding benefactor Bruce McEver's contributions to its creation. Bruce McEver then reads some of his poems.

Friends of Poetry@Tech

The Poetry@Tech program owes its creation and continued existence to the support and generous endowed funding from our benefactors. Their gifts have allowed us to bring incredible poets to teach at Georgia Tech, create one of the best poetry reading series in the country with over 300 poets from around the world, and become a vital part of the Georgia Arts and Culture scene.

We would like to recognize and thank our benefactors, including:

  • Henry T. & Margaret C. Bourne
  • H. Bruce McEver
  • President G. Wayne Clough & Anne Clough
  • Cheney G. Crow
  • Ronald Franke & Sharon James

Margaret & Henry Bourne

Margaret and Henry Bourne endowed the Bourne Chair in Poetry in 2002 to ensure that Georgia Tech students would always have an opportunity for first-rate instruction in the great poetry of the world. They considered it especially important that, in the highly specialized and technical areas of engineering, science, and management, students' aptitudes for the humanities are nurtured and supported as a foundation for life-long learning.

Henry T. Bourne
Henry and Margaret Bourne

Henry Clark Bourne Jr. (1921 - 2010) was born in Tarboro, NC. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1946, before returning to MIT to earn Masters and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering. He served as a professor in many top universities, including the University of California, Berkeley, Rice University, and later, Georgia Tech. He later served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and, from 1986-1987, as the Interim President of Georgia Tech.

Henry and his wife of 56 years, Margaret Thomas Bourne (1929 - 2014) were named honorary alumni of Georgia Tech. Margaret was also born and raised in Tarboro, NC, and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology-economics from Salem College in 1952.

Bruce McEver

Bruce McEver wants all Tech students to experience the broader aspects of liberal arts, including poetry, literature, and travel, so they will understand the context and impact of the technical expertise they are gaining, and he has provided an endowment so that the School of Literature, Media, and Communication of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts can bring guest poets to campus each year.

Bruce McEverBruce McEver left Georgia Tech in the 1960's armed with an Industrial Engineering Degree and a love of poetry spawned in a class with then English Professor James Dean Young, who had taught at Tech for 28 years. What Bruce McEver learned about the relationships between the mechanical arts and the fine arts went with him to Harvard and, McEver believes, forms the foundation of his business acumen and success. Aside from being a lover of poetry, Bruce McEver has gone on to publish three chapbooks and two books of poems, including Full Horizon, Scaring up the Morning, and Like Lesser Gods. His poems have also been widely published in journals and magazines across the country.

See Bruce McEver's Bio

G. Wayne & Anne Clough

Anne & Wayne Clough 


Watch Dr. Clough explain the founding of the Poetry@Tech program



Cheney Crow

Cheney G. Crow, a friend of Poetry@Tech, has endowed charitable gift annuities designated for the Thomas N. Lux Poetry@Tech Student Enrichment Endowment Fund in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Her generous gift to Poetry@Tech funds the Thomas Lux Poetry Award, and ensures that we can support, encourage, and recognize outstanding student poets at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Cheney Crow is an applied linguist, translator, activist and writer. Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Tupelo Quarterly, International Poetry (translation), Terminus, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), and others.

Dr Crow began writing as a young girl in Washington DC. She earned her BA at Sarah Lawrence College, studying with Thomas Lux, and an MFA in poetry at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, as well as a PhD in Applied Linguistics, and taught French Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Partners & Sponsors

Poetry@TECH has partnered with a number of organizations, foundations, and educational institutions that share our love for poetry. Our current and past collaborators include:
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