Literary Festival to Correspond with Caminos
This summer, many of our Camino groups will also enjoy our first-ever international Anglophone literary festival with over 60 poets and writers descending on Madrid, participating in readings, interviews and lectures, one of which will be given by Bishop Carlos Lopez-Lozano on the poetry during the Civil War in Madrid. The Paris Review has asked for first refusal rights of all the radio interviews of the writers. All poets will read in the evening at the Desperate Literature bookshop, an independent bookstore in the style of Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. The series began accidentally in 2011 with inaugural White House poet Richard Blanco and has grown to embrace up to 30 authors per year, including Pulitzer prize winners, New Yorker poets, and poets just beginning. Irish poet Caitriona O´Reilly has called it “somewhat eccentric.”
St. John's Episcopal Church in Jackson, Wyoming is particlarly excited about walking the Camino and then arriving back into Madrid for the festival. St. John's has a very active poetry group led by published poet, Susan Jackson and they are excited about the prospects of combinding a Camino with their litreary passions!
The Unamuno Author Series Festival runs from May 27 through June 1. If your churches are interested in planning a Camino around the author festival please contact Nancy Mead at 917.856.0064 or the Rev. Marek Zabriskie at 267.664.3097