Next Letter in the Mail: Alicia Mountain


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from award-winning poet Alicia Mountain! Alicia sends us a handwritten letter written on an airplane about fear, creativity, all the different ways we press against each other when traveling, and more.

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Alicia Mountain is the author of the collection High Ground Coward (Iowa 2018), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Thin Fire (BOAAT Press 2018). She is a lesbian poet and the Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver. Keep up with her at and @HiGroundCoward.


Photograph of Alicia Mountain by Libbie Early.