Next Letter in the Mail: Kelli Russell Agodon


Our next Letter in the Mail is from poet Kelli Russell Agodon! Kelli writes to us from “a small cottage that is not [her] home with the scent of a woodstove burning in the quiet of night,” about the differences between running toward and away from things—and how we can take small steps to aim ourselves in the direction of where we want to go. She also includes two Easter eggs in her letter for mystery-lovers to search for!

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Kelli Russell Agodon’s newest book is Dialogues with Rising Tides from Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of four collections of poems, two books of poetry prompts, and she co-edited the first eBook anthology of women’s poetry, Fire on Her Tongue. Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. She lives in a sleepy seaside town in Washington State on traditional lands of the Chimacum, Coast Salish, S’Klallam, and Suquamish people where she is an avid paddleboarder and hiker. She teaches at Pacific Lutheran University’s low-res MFA program, the Rainier Writing Workshop.


Photograph of Kelli Russell Agodon by Ronda Piszk Broatch.