The Colosseum Institute is thrilled to announce that its faculty have founded the new Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Saint Thomas, in Houston. Beginning August 2021, James Matthew Wilson and Joshua Hren now direct the MFA program with a mission identical with that of the Colosseum Institute: to renew craft and discipline in the literary arts and to restore them to their proper spiritual and intellectual richness within the broad Catholic tradition.
To learn more about the new MFA click here.
The Colosseum Summer Institute will not disappear with the new program but rather will be renewed and expanded through this new program. Beginning June 2022, the University of Saint Thomas Summer Institute for Writers will continue the CSI's past work and expand both its reach and ambition in mission. More details will follow in the months ahead.
Colosseum Books will continue to publish its impressive list of titles. In coordination with the MFA we shall also launch a new journal this coming year, appropriately taking its name from the Christopher Dawson journal that inspired our name: The Colosseum. Check back here for news.
We regret to announce that Villanova University has canceled hosting all on-campus events for Summer 2020. This includes the Colosseum Summer Institute. Plans are already underway for 2021, however, and we invite applicants for, as well as inquiries about, the program. We hope to return with strong, even enhanced, programming, despite the setback caused by the corona virus catastrophe.
Please check back here often to learn what is new and upcoming for the Colosseum Institute. Our catalog of books is about to expand substantially and we continue to work toward creating programs for the promotion of poetry in America and in the Church today.
The Colosseum Summer Institute is committed to creating and funding scholarships so that costs will be no obstacle for worthy applicants. Our efforts to this end are ongoing; new scholarships will be announced as they become available.
Today, we are pleased to announce our first scholarship:
The Dana Gioia Fellowship in Poetry. All applicants in poetry will be considered for this scholarship, which will cover the full cost of the Institute ($700) and include a $300 stipend to be used toward travel to the Institute.
We are grateful to the donor who made this generous scholarship possible. Thank you.
We encourage every interested writer to apply for the CSI, and we hope that those interested in supporting the work of the CSI will contact us and join in our effort to renew Catholic letters in our day.
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.