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The Pilgrim is a quarterly literary magazine from the homeless community of downtown Boston, edited by Atlantic columnist James Parker and published out of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, on Tremont Street.
Since its founding in December 2011, The Pilgrim has featured the work of more than 150 homeless, transitional or recently housed writers. All are part of the Black Seed Writers Group, the literary body whose local, temporal manifestation occurs every Tuesday morning at 9.30 a.m. on the Cathedral’s second floor.
Embedded in the Cathedral's MANNA ministry, The Pilgrim features poetry, protest, memoir, prayer, reportage, jubilation and despair. The master metaphor of the magazine is pilgrimage, and its proposition to the reader is that homelessness is a state of acute pilgrimage – a condition of material and occasionally moral emergency, and thus a place where the world reveals itself under the pressure, or the pouring-in, of a higher reality.
The Pilgrim is under the protection of Saint Benedict Joseph Labré, patron saint of pilgrims, the homeless, and the mentally ill, but it needs your help too. By subscribing to The Pilgrim, by reading these writers, you become the context within which their writing takes place. It’s as simple as that.