Next Letter in the Mail: Kendra Allen


Our next Letter in the Mail is from award-winning author and poet Kendra Allen! Kendra sends us a poetic letter about how happiness and freedom are two very different things, and recalls a recent conversation with friends about the world ending.

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Kendra Allen is the author of essay collection When You Learn the Alphabet (University of Iowa Press), winner of the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, she holds a MFA from the University of Alabama. Her debut poetry collection, The Collection Plate, is forthcoming from Ecco on July 6, 2021. Sometimes she tweets at @KendraCanYou.


Photograph of Kendra Allen by Steve Hamm.