Letters To Everyone

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Letters To Each Other was a huge success last month (see A Letter To The People Who Wrote Letters To Each Other). People sent in one letter and received six back, but it was only open to subscribers to Letters In The Mail. This time we’ve decided to open it up to everybody.

There are two ways to participate.

1. You send in a letter, single page (double sided OK) and include a regular size #10 self addressed stamped envelope. We’ll make copies of all the letters and send five letters back to you in the stamped envelope you provided. Please include at least $2  to cover the cost of copying, pizza for envelope stuffers, etc. We’d really appreciate it if you could include more than $2 to help us get by; things are a little tight at The Rumpus offices.

Easy peezy. Send one letter, get five letters back.

Send your letter to: Karen Duffin, 3288 21st Street #202, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Letters must be postmarked no later than June 15.

If you don’t live in the United States please make a donation using Paypal for at least $3. Print out the receipt for your donation and include it with your letter and self addressed envelope. International letter writers don’t need to include a stamp on their return envelope.

2. The other, easier way to participate is to come to the Celebration of Written Correspondence this Monday in San Francisco. We’ll have typewriters and envelopes there so you can type your letter on the spot and address an envelope to yourself. We’ll even stamp it for you.

If you want the people who receive your letter to write back to you then you should include a return address somewhere inside the letter. But remember, if you do so you are sharing your address with strangers.

Woo-hoo!


Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including the memoir The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. He is the founder of The Rumpus. His feature film debut, About Cherry, was distributed by IFC. More from this author →