Food for the Soul

Selections from the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers' Workshop

Elizabeth Maxwell and Susan Shapiro, Editors

Jan/2000, 242 Pages, KINDLE, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898699159



Ebook available from Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

"This collection of essays, poems and stories from 25 talented participants in a soup kitchen writers' workshop lives up to its title. The selections are funny, gritty and brutally honest , writing that attests to a raw spirituality formed and informed by life on the street. When these writers are given prompts like "It Was the Best Day," "So I Lied," "September Eleven," "My Best Mistake" or "In My Other Life," they hold nothing back. Peter Nkruma writes about the "delicious fun" he had at the library writing on his Web log a parody of the evangelical Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, playing God and "rapturing" to the heavens a boozy magazine editor he liked while leaving behind one who ignored articles by African-Americans. Donald Mackey's moving essay on "Working for My Welfare" describes scrounging for a dirty pair of gloves at a cleaning job he needed to keep his food stamps. In his piece on "Recovering," Mackey reflects on how the writers' workshop has changed his life, he is now a licensed minister completing a book and a one-act play. Sometimes sweet and sometimes bitter, this collection is a nutritious "slice of life" from a writers' workshop that's truly in the soul-food business."
– Publisher's Weekly

Elizabeth Maxwell formerly served as Associate Rector and Program Director at the Church of the Holy Apostles. She is currently Rector of Church of the Ascension, New York City.

Susan Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Five Men Who Broke My Heart and Lighting Up

Ian Frazier founded the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers' Workshop in 1985. He is the author of Dating Your Mom, Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, Coyote Vs. Acme, and The Fish's Eye.

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