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.

LET’S GET COZY PROMOTION! The cool weather is approaching and The Rumpus wants to help you curl up with a good book! Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, just released 9/1 from Little A/Amazon Publishing! You’ll also receive Matthew’s Letter in the Mail in September!

book“What carries us through the novel is Salesses’ gift for language: here is a meditative, poetic, modern fable crafted in haunting bursts of impressionistic prose.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Salesses delivers an immersive novel about identity, myths, and ghosts. . . This is an engulfing read.”
Publisher’s Weekly

If you already have a yearly subscription, extend it for another year and you’ll receive The Hundred-Year Flood. You must purchase your new subscription or extension during September to receive this special promotion. Due to shipping costs, this offer is only available to US-based subscribers.

Click here to SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea. He is the author, most recently, of The Hundred-Year Flood. His fiction and essays have appeared in NPR, The New York Times, Salon, the Center for Asian American Media, Glimmer TrainThe Rumpus, and many others. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Houston. His previous books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (a novel) and Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity (essays).

Upcoming letter writers will include Christine Hyung-Oak LeeLeigh SteinSarah Manguso, Douglas 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!