The next Letter In The Mail is from Self-Made Man columnist Thomas Page McBee. You can subscribe here.

At least twice a month you’ll receive a letter, in the mail. In the first three months letters went out from Stephen Elliott, Margaret Cho, Marie Calloway, Dean Haspeil, Lorelei Lee, Matthew Specktor, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Padma Viswanathan, Sari Botton, and Matthew Zapruder. Some of the letters were typed, others handwritten. Some included illustrations, one was a comic, all were signed. We then photo-copy the letter and send it to you.

Future letter writers will include Dave Eggers, Tao Lin, Janet Fitch, Nick Flynn, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cheryl Strayed, Marc Maron, Elissa Schappel, Wendy MacNaughton, Emily Gould, MariNaomi, and Jonathan Ames. Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative friends, before this whole internet/email thing. Most of the letters will include return addresses (at the author’s discretion) in case you want to write the author back. And it’s only $6 a month, cheap!

Here are some profiles of Letters In The Mail from The New York Times and USA Today. Here’s Stephen Elliott talking about it on the CBS Morning Show with Charlie Rose.


We’re hungry for more writing from Rumpus readers, so we’re now accepting submissions for our next Readers Report!

This time, we want you to tackle the theme “Missed Connections.”

Please send your submissions, maximum 400 words, to Susan Clements, silentjoy2001 AT We’ll choose the best ones to run as a feature on the site.

All submissions are due by midnight on Thursday, April 10th.

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The Rumpus is looking for volunteers:

If you like to write: we need 3 volunteer bloggers to help out with the Rumpus blog on an ongoing basis, and one SF-based blogger to carry on the Notable San Francisco torch.

Send a brief email with relevant experience and a sample Rumpus blog post

If you like to read: we need volunteers to read Weekly Rumpus fiction submissions. Email with relevant experience and the title of your favorite short story for more info.

Sign up for The Rumpus Book Report, a monthly newsletter edited by Books Editor Brian Hurley with Poetry Editor Brian Spears. The Book Report will give you a summary of all the book coverage that month on The Rumpus. Free!

Episode 9 of Make/Work is the second of a sub-series where host Scott Pinkmountain interviews couples in which both partners are artists, addressing some of the unique issues that may arise in those relationships and talking about the challenges and benefits of building a life with someone who’s also engaged in a creative pursuit.

This week, Scott talks with musician Jon Bernson and actor/director Jennifer Welch. Bernson performs mainly with his groups THEMAYS and Exray’s and Welch runs the Tides Theater, located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco’s theater district.

In Episode 8 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain talks with painter and critical writer Nora Griffin. A lifelong New Yorker, Griffin is the daughter of animated filmmaker George Griffin and grew up surrounded by artists.

She speaks about what it was like being raised in a loft that was half-home, half-film studio, and how it was almost inevitable that she become an artist.

For better or worse, I’ve always felt like [being an artist] is doable… Art is almost a language. The way other parents teach their children Spanish, I was taught the language of art.


I love Midnight Breakfast and I love writers getting paid. So, in support of both these wonderful things, I’ve offered up four opportunities to take over the Daily GIF for a week for the low low price of $25. It’s a steal. Think of all of the weird gifs you can post. And tens of thousands of people will see them! Donate, like, now.

You heard it here. Take over a week’s worth of The Rumblr’s Famous Daily GIF for $25 big ones, all for a good cause! Take the plunge.

In Make/Work Episode 7, host Scott Pinkmountain talks with musician Nate Query. Query plays bass for both The Decemberists and Black Prairie, and has made playing music with nationally touring bands his main job for around twenty years.

Query speaks about the strategizing and work that’s gone into sustaining such a long and active creative career.

Playing music you hate can suck your soul, or getting treated badly can suck your soul. But playing music you love can feed your soul and making money can feed your soul by making your life easier. If on balance I’m being fed more than I’m being sucked or drained, then okay.

Listen to Episode 7 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or get the direct download.