Next Letter in the Mail: Lisa Ko


We’re getting ready to send our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Lisa Ko! Lisa writes about her lifelong love of snail mail, beginning as a child when she used to send letters to fictional characters she invented. She also tells us about her real-life pen pals, and wonders whether grammar matters in the age of emojis.

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Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, thee New York Times, BuzzFeed, O. Magazine, and elsewhere. Visit her at