“The Pilgrim”: A Literary Magazine by Homeless Folk


Published out of Cathedral Church of St. Paul by No Fixed Address Press, The Pilgrim comes out ten times a year and features work from the homeless, transitional or recently housed community in downtown Boston. Edited by Atlantic columnist James Parker, the literary magazine features everything from poetry to reporting to memoir.

“I woke up suddenly with a gift, a brainstorm in the dark: I would start a magazine for homeless writers, and it would be called The Pilgrim,” wrote Parker in a Pacific Standard about the 2011 founding of the magazine. The homeless writers would meet at Black Seed Cafe N’ Grill on Tremont Street and thus form the Black Seed Writers Group. Most of the time the writers are met with prompts of a random word or topic to bring about whatever they may conceive on paper, as well as writing freely about whatever they’d like.

The recent issue features musings on waking life, the concept of time and more in a pre-election era. It would be interesting to see what the Black Seed Writers have to say about our world post-election.

You can subscribe to The Pilgrim by donating $25 St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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