Bart Campbell’s essays have appeared in Canadian Forum, Next City and True Life. His book The Door Is Open: Memoir of a Soup Kitchen Volunteer was published by Anvil Press in 2001.
And then I remembered an important event. It happened at a funeral in St. Paul’s chapel for a twenty-four-year-old prostitute who had overdosed in her Gastown hotel room. The small chapel was half full, and very quiet. There were a couple of fresh flower arrangements in front of the cheap, closed coffin. Most of the congregation were other prostitutes dressed in their working clothes, and a few pimps. One woman apologized to Brother Tim for having nothing black to wear, except for lingerie and a leather miniskirt. more »