Next Letter in the Mail: Allie Rowbottom


Our next Letter in the Mail is from critically acclaimed author Allie Rowbottom! Allie writes to us on a cold, rainy day in a Los Angeles about what it feels like to be waiting on many fronts—waiting to recover from COVID, waiting on a book project, waiting on one’s biological clock—and about considering becoming a mother after losing her own.

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Allie Rowbottom is the author of Jell-O Girls, a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. Her essays and short fiction can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, Best American Essays, Literary Hub, New York Tyrant, No Tokens, Bitch, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from CalArts and lives in LA.


Photograph of Allie Rowbottom by Samantha Sutcliffe.