Next Letter in the Mail: Jessie Chaffee


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from author Jessie Chaffee! Jessie writes to us as she finds herself two significant crossroads, one creative and one personal: she’s beginning her second novel and is also two weeks out from having her first child.

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Jessie Chaffee is the author of the novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press), which was selected as a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017 and published in six languages. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel. Her writing has been published in The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Slice, and Global City Review, among others. She lives in New York City, where she is a contributing writer at Words Without Borders. Find her at and on Twitter and Facebook.


Photograph of Jessie Chaffee by Heather Waraksa.