Lidia is a longtime Rumpus contributor and interviewee (for a taste of both, see her interview with Dear Sugar). She’s the author of the novel Dora: A Headcase and the memoir The Chronology of Water, the latter of which was a Rumpus Book Club pick back in 2011....more
Slade is the author of several short stories, comics, and novels for children and young adults, including Draugr, Dust, and The Hunchback Assignments. He also writes reviews and articles, and maintains a podcast and a blog....more
Poetry editor of the Birmingham Arts Journal, Irene has written two novels for kids: Leaving Gee’s Bend and Don’t Feed the Boy. Dear Wandering Wildebeest, forthcoming in 2014, is her third collection of poetry—but her first collection of poetry for young readers....more
Chloe Caldwell is a Rumpus contributor and interviewee. Her essay collection Legs Get Led Astray and her e-book The New Age Camp both came out last year, and she has written for Salon, The Nervous Breakdown, xoJane, Freerange Nonfiction, and several other noteworthy publications....more
Elissa Bassist is the editor of our Funny Women column. Her writing has appeared here on The Rumpus, in The New York Times, NYMag.com, The Paris Review Daily, The Daily Beast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Salon, Creative Nonfiction, and most recently in Get Out of My Crotch, a collection of twenty-one writers responding to America’s war on women’s rights and reproductive health....more
Last week, we kicked off our third round of Letters to Each Other.
The way it works is you send us a letter, no more than one page (front and back OK), and a self addressed stamped envelope. We send you five letters back and photocopy your letter and send it out to five other people....more
It was a year ago today we launched Letters In The Mail. It’s been a learning process, and we’re still learning. It’s a struggle, always, to stay relevant and interesting without repeating yourself. The Sun Magazine does this particularly well. The most recent letter, from Rumpus artist Jason Novak, is unlike any we’ve sent before....more
Claire Bidwell Smith’s fantastic memoir, The Rules Of Inheritance, is coming out this week in paperback. If you haven’t already read this book you should take the opportunity.
Here’s an interview with Smith we did earlier this year.
Claire wrote one of our most popular Letters In The Mail....more
The next Letter for Kids, going out this Friday, is from Lisa Yee.
Lisa’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her other novels for young people include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and a series about a 4th grader, Bobby vs....more
In August, we donated $2 from every new Letters For Kids subscription to our favorite non-profit tutoring center, 826. We’re doing the same thing throughout September, the end of which is fast approaching.
826 started in San Francisco with a pirate supply store at 826 Valencia....more
This Just In: Announcing Letters For Kids! Letters For Kids is just like Letters In The Mail, except intended for subscribers six and older. We’re helping people appreciate the post office at a younger age.
You’ll get two letters a month written by middle-grade authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Adam Rex, Kerry Madden, Natalie Standiford, Susan Patron, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, and more....more