With The Sancho Panza Literary Society, we’ve founded an independent society of ideas--a forum for unmitigated artistic expression and vigorous debate, in residence each summer at the hauntingly beautiful and historic Trinity College Dublin (where all the ghosts speak in verse and even the architecture has pathos). Don Quixote is lauded as literature’s ultimate dreamer, but his sidekick, Sancho Panza, knew that they were just tilting at windmills, and went along to explore the unknown anyway; and that is the kind of imagination that we revere, and exactly what sustains us when everything else falls away. I travelled back from Dublin this year with only one ambition—to make the rest of my career about projects like this.
Our Dublin program features ten days of writer’s workshop and literary debate at Trinity, and is augmented by trips to Howth and the Irish Sea, plays at the Abbey, Gate, and Gaeity Theatres, visits to the Dublin Writer’s Museum, The National Art Gallery, and the Guinness Storehouse (all within walking distance from campus), and a full day excursion to the west of Ireland to visit Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. With independent funding, we can topple the only artificial wall to membership by keeping our base tuition fee remarkably low ($300-$500), in comparison to all other literary workshops of its kind. Trinity and Dublin are the grandest places in the world to host a literary program, and being able to convene in such an ideal setting, AND do it at a price that opens the program up to all writers, would-be writers, and lovers of literature, regardless of income, is a special source of pride for our organization, and an accomplishment we can only sustain with the help of gracious benefactors. We are also planning to publish a bi-annual literary magazine called New Square (premiering Dec. 2018) that will feature groundbreaking new fiction, poetry, commentary, book, music and movie reviews.
All donations can be made via Paypal using the link Paypal.Me/SanchoTrinity, or to its affiliated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by check made out to The Sancho Panza Literary Society, 16 Carleton Road, West Hartford, CT, 06107. No donations are too small; we can’t exist without benefactors of all levels, and your generosity will be formally recognized and memorialized in our journal. All benefactors donating $50 or more will also receive a free subscription to New Square.
Your gift to The Sancho Panza Literary Society makes a big difference today, tomorrow, and every day!
Joseph M. Reynolds
Founding Director, The Sancho Panza Literary Society
Editor in Chief