Letters in the Mail

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As winter approaches, Letters in the Mail wants to help you cuddle up with a good book! Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription before October 31 and you’ll receive a signed copy of Chloe Caldwell’s  just-released I’ll Tell You in Person FREE! (Subscribe by 9/30 and receive Chloe’s Letter in the Mail, too!)

Tell You in Person“I read it a couple of months ago in one can’t-put-it-down-even-though-it’s-the-middle-of-the-night sitting. It’s as intense and interesting and clear-hearted as they come.” Cheryl Strayed

“Nothing’s sexier than first love and first intimacies, and Caldwell’s brave autobiographical tale twists the trope into a powerful story about unexpectedly falling in love with a woman and the discoveries, sexual and otherwise, that ensue.” Time Out New York 

“Caldwell’s voice is strong and funny, and this collection deals with everything from what it was like for her to define (or fail to define) her sexual identity, the scourge of acne, and what it’s like to have a celebrity friend.” Nylon

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Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella Women and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray. Chloe’s essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person is just-released from Coffee House & Emily Books. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in New York City and online. She grew up in the hamlet of Spencertown, New York and after living in New York City, Washington, Oregon, and a brief stint in Berlin, currently resides in Hudson.

tons-of-wwii-era-lettersThe 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 two 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. You can view sample letters here and here.

Recent and upcoming letter writers include Leigh Stein, Peter Witte, Esmé Weijung Wang, Wendy C. Ortiz, Anna North, Chloe Caldwell, Molly Crabapple, Kate Gavino, and many more! Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative friends, before this whole Internet/email thing. Letters will include return addresses (at the author’s discretion) in case you want to write the author back. 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.

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 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.

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

StephenElliott1I still write letters by hand, either to avoid writing something else or to jump start the creative juices. The great thing is no matter what happens you have a letter. Then I photograph the letter and type it out, because nobody can read my handwriting. But they see the picture of the letter and know. But what do they know? And what do I know? Has anything changed?

Stephen Elliott, Rumpus Founder/Editor-in-Chief and creator of Letters in the Mail


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.

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