Letters in the Mail


Tabitha Blankenbiller’s debut essay collection, Eats of Eden, is a trip into the memory, into the stomach, and into the heart of every woman. These essays of tasty bites, writing, coming-of-age, family, sex, self-esteem—and above all, overcoming personal odds to live your best life—are complete with mouth-watering recipes and memories that will change your relationship with food forever. It’s a book about writing, eating, and surviving in the modern west, from literary hustling at the Doug Fir Lounge, to waiting for life-altering emails around a stew-cooking campfire at Crater Lake.

Through April 30, purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription (or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed copy of Eats of Eden*. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of letters to a friend and keep the book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!

“This collection—complete with recipes—comes together like a satisfying and well-balanced meal.”

– Sarah Einstein, award-winning author of Mot

Tabitha Blankenbiller is a Pacific University MFA graduate living outside of Portland, Oregon. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Electric Lit, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Rumpus, Catapult, and a number of other journals. Her debut essay collection Eats of Eden is available from Alternating Current Press, and she Tweets food and fashion Instas at @tabithablanken.

*Offer valid while supplies last. Due to shipping costs, this offer is only available for US subscriptions.

The Rumpus wants to make your mailbox fun again!

How? It’s a program called Letters in the Mail and you can subscribe here. Every two weeks, you’ll receive a letter, in the mail. In the first three months letters went out from Margaret Cho, Marie Calloway, Dean Haspeil, Lorelei Lee, Matthew Specktor, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Padma Viswanathan, Sari Botton, and Matthew Zapruder. Some of the letters were typed, others handwritten. Some included illustrations, one was a comic, all were signed. We then photocopy the letter and send it to you. Think of it as letters you used to get from your friends before email, except now your friends are your favorite writers! View sample letters here and here.

Recent and upcoming letter writers include Celeste Ng, Nicole Chung, Jia Tolentino, Tayari Jones, Leesa Cross-Smith, Don Lee, Shanthi Sekaran, Lisa Ko, R.O. Kwon, and many more! Think of it as the letters you used to get from your friends before this whole Internet/email thing. Letters will include return addresses in case you want to write the author back!

And it’s only $7 a month (domestic), cheap! You can also purchase a year of Letters in the Mail. And if you live outside of the United States, you can purchase an annual international subscription. Letters in the Mail helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, you can correspond with your favorite writers and support the website in one fell swoop.

Letters in the Mail makes a fabulous gift! Imagine that special reader in your life receiving a letter (in their physical mailbox!) every two weeks. They can be letters from old favorites or from new authors destined to become old favorites.



“I used to hate email. When people first started using it, or at least people I knew, it was around 1994, and I was a senior in high school. I resisted it with all my might—when someone emailed me, I would respond with a phone call, a handwritten note, or not at all. At that time, you see, my friends and I had turned letter writing into an art. A letter was only 30% the content of the letter—everything else was about how it was delivered. The paper stock, the doodles, the handwriting—all of this was what mattered. A letter should be an experience.”

Colin Dickey, author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places and Letter in the Mail writer

Missed your favorite author’s letter? We are now offering past letters available for individual sale.

Any questions, customer service, or if you just want to say hello, please contact [email protected].

Want more child-friendly letters? Check out our Letters for Kids program, which delivers letters from your kids’ favorite writers twice a month!

Here are some profiles of Letters in the Mail from the New York Times and USA Today and the United States Postal Service!