Next Letter in the Mail: Ingrid Rojas Contreras


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from award-winning author Ingrid Rojas Contreras! Ingrid sends us a handwritten letter on hotel stationery she collected during her first book tour, and writes about eclipses, ghosts, inheritances, and the family memoir she’s working on now.

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Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree won the silver medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and was a New York Times editor’s choice. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times MagazineParis ReviewBuzzFeedNylonGuernica, and elsewhere. She is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.


Photograph of Ingrid Rojas Contreras by Jeremiah Barber.