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. You can view sample letters here and here.

SPECIAL LETTER IN THE MAIL FROM SARAH MANGUSO THIS NOVEMBER! We are excited to share that our November 1st letter, from author Sarah Manguso, is going to be in a special format, request by Sarah, and that each and every “letter” will be personally signed by Sarah. Subscribe before November 1st and then keep an eye on your mailboxred_env the first week in November for this very special mailing, arriving in a Rumpus red envelope!

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of three book-length essays: Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, and The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. Her essays have appeared inHarper’s, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Magazine, among other places, and her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize, she has taught writing at Columbia, Fairfield, the New School, NYU, Pratt, Princeton, and the Otis College of Art and Design.

Upcoming letter writers will include Leigh SteinDouglas Kearney, Camille Dungy, Colin Winnette, Brandon Hicks, Wendy C. Ortiz, Anna North, 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.

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!