James Parker and The Pilgrims - That was the headline for a packed (and rocking) reading last night at the Brookline Booksmith on Harvard St in Brookline.
The Pilgrims are a group of homeless men and women who have been writing for two years now - sharing their poetry and essays in the literary magazine "The Pilgrim." James Parker is a contributing editor to the Atlantic magazine. Among many other things, James helps the authors develop their voice, shape their work, and get it ready for publication.
Together - James and the Pilgrims form what is better known as the Black Seed Writers Group out of The Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston. Last night was the Black Seed Writers' second annual public reading.
What a night. Poetry. Stories. Humor. Protest. Laughter. Tears. Anger. Joy. Such lovely, tender, fiery, writing delivered so beautifully by the authors themselves.
You can see more pics from the reading by clicking here.
The Black Seed Writers Group is part of the MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) project at the Cathedral. Read more about MANNA in this great Faith and Leadership Article.
You can support the Black Seed Writers Group by subscribing to their literary journal "The Pilgrim", published ten times a year. Sign-up for an annual print subscription (only $25) is dead easy. Simply designate your $25.00 gift to the "Monday Lunch Program" on the Cathedral's giving page.