Reading founding director James Matthew Wilson's discussion of our mission and programming, in his monthly column for The Catholic Thing.
Almost a year ago, I wrote in this space to announce the beginnings of the Colosseum Institute, an organization devoted to the “art of poetry and the renewal of Catholic letters in our time.” As founding director of the Institute, I was also to serve as series editor for Colosseum Books, an imprint of Franciscan University of Steubenville Press, and as the principal faculty member of the Colosseum Summer Institute, a four-day program in the philosophy of art and beauty and the theory and craft of poetry.
We are pleased to launch the Colosseum Institute's website.
Only one year from its founding, the Colosseum Institute has seen into press the first two Colosseum Books, and hosted the first annual Colosseum Summer Institute. As we continue to steward these programs and develop others in the near and midterm, this site will help us to reach a wide audience of authors, readers, and patrons who wish to join us in the adventure of fostering a Catholic intellectual and literary revival in the new century. Inspired by the twentieth century Catholic revival, but above all concerned to foster poetry that is serious in its attention to craft and rich in spiritual and intellectual depth, the Colosseum Institute will explore every opportunity to serve the Church and the broader culture and will reach audiences from the young to the old, as we extend our programming piece by piece.