Letters In The Mail

The Rumpus has finally started a print subscription. We’d like to say this was the plan all along, but we’ve actually never had a plan.

It’s called Letters in the Mail and you can subscribe here. Every 2–3 weeks, you’ll receive a letter, in the mail. In the first three months letters went out from Stephen Elliott, 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.

Future letter writers will include Dave Eggers, Tao Lin, Janet Fitch, Nick Flynn, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cheryl Strayed, Marc Maron, Elissa SchappelWendy MacNaughton, Emily Gould, MariNaomi, and Jonathan Ames. Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative friends, before this whole Internet/email thing. Most of the letters will include return addresses (at the author’s discretion) in case you want to write the author back.

And it’s only $7 a month (domestic), cheap! You can subscribe using the subscriber options below.

Here are some profiles of Letters In The Mail from The New York Times and USA Today. Here’s Stephen Elliott talking about it on the CBS Morning Show with Charlie Rose.

For customer service (i.e. missing letters, change of shipping address, etc.) contact brian AT therumpus.net.

Subscribe here. You can also purchase a year of Letters In The Mail. And if you live outside of the United States, you can purchase an international subscription.

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