Thank You, Variations Donors!

Yaddo Variations 2019 was a rousing success! Our national benefit series of intimate dinners and conversations in April and May exceeded fundraising goals and raised more than $128,000 to support the nearly 300 artists who come to Yaddo every year from around the world.

Many thanks to our generous corporate and individual sponsors, our gracious hosts, and all who attended. We’re especially grateful for the acclaimed Yaddo artists who delivered such spectacular programs: Amitava Kumar; Sigrid Nunez; Meg Wolitzer in conversation with Melissa Meyer; Patricia Volk, Neal Thompson and Jonathan Santlofer in an evening of memoir; Richard Price in conversation with Walter Kirn; Andrew Sean Greer, and performers Joseph Keckler and John Kelly.

As Yaddo prepares for its second century, we continue to renew our commitment to new ways of thinking, works of aesthetic daring, and creative sanctuary for artists of all career stages and backgrounds.

Thank you for joining us!

“Places like Yaddo don’t just happen by magic. You put your trust and your resources into those who work may not show up for years, or may never show up. But you do it anyway. Because you know that a society must value the arts. And what you are doing is an act of faith.”— Elizabeth Strout, Yaddo author


Anya and Joseph Stiglitz

Stacie and Mike Arpey

Ann and Paul Chen

Lesley Dormen and Quentin Spector

Stewart Gross and Lois Perelson-Gross

Peter Kayafas

Isam Salah

Margo and Anthony Viscusi




Amazon Literary Partnership



Ann and Paul Chen

Zita Ezpeleta

Nion McEvoy

Penguin Random House

Genie and Donald Rice

Isam Salah

Simon & Schuster


Alex Chi

HarperCollins Publishers

Janice Y.K. Lee and Joseph Bae

Hachette Book Group



Heather Althoff and Donald Bailey

Mona Wakim Brown

Susan Brynteson

Michael and Kathy Charness

Jonathan and Susan Colby

Paul Ferraro

Richard and Elizabeth Howe

ICM Partners

Peter Kayafas and Dorothy Blackmun

Richard and Ronna Levin

Gardner McFall and Peter Olberg

Thomas Paese

George and Karen Rathman

Tal and Arien Recanati

Christopher Ritzert

Bruce Rosenblum and Lori Laitman

Cristina Spencer

Medeline Weinrib

Anne Young

Glenn and Suzanne Youngkin

W. W. Norton and Company