Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Kristen Arnett, author of the forthcoming debut collection Felt in the Jaw (Split Lip Press)! Kristen writes us a beautiful, breathtakingly honest letter about about the Christmas present that sits unopened in the backseat of her car, learning to set boundaries, and what it means to have a family.
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Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. Her debut She was awarded Ninth Letter’s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction, was runner-up for the 2016 Robert Watson Literary Prize at The Greensboro Review, and was a finalist for Indiana Review‘s 2016 Fiction Prize. Her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Catapult, Bennington Review, Tin House Flash Fridays, the Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her on twitter @Kristen_Arnett.