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Inspired by Dana Gioia’s essay “The Catholic Writer Today” (First Things, 2013) and the myriad responses it has evoked since its publication, the CUA Contemporary Catholic Writers Group was founded in 2015 to raise awareness and appreciation of literary works by living Catholic writers and to engage the CUA community in the current broader conversation regarding the future of the Catholic literary imagination. While the group gives special attention to American Catholic writers, it also includes occasional selections of international writers and works in translation.

An English graduate student initiative, this reading and discussion group is sponsored by CUA’s English department and is open to CUA graduate students and faculty from all departments, as well as independent scholars---Catholic and non-Catholic alike---who are interested in the relationship between literature and faith. Meetings are held on a monthly basis during the academic year. 

For more information about Contemporary Catholic Writers, please contact Jessica Schnepp ( and visit the “CUA Contemporary Catholic Writers” Facebook page to receive updates and event invitations. Details for monthly events are also made available on The CUA Nest (

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