The Letter Project stems from my lifelong love of writing and receiving letters through the mail. I collect authors’ and artists’ letters. One of my favorite collection of letters is the poet James Wright’s. A Wild Perfection shows Wright’s curiosity, struggle, failure, and triumph. As the introduction to the letters states: “As we read these letters, we pull our chairs into the circle and listen to both Wright’s serious and comedic discussions …” I hope this blog will serve a similar purpose: to bring virtual readers into a circle of sharing.
People express themselves differently in letters than in any other form of writing. It has been said that in letters we find the writer’s soul. That’s why it is so important to keep letter-writing alive. This blog is a repository for actual letters–written and sent. If you would like to write a letter and have it appear on this blog, here are the things you need to know:
1. You must actually write a letter to a real person. Save a digital copy of your letter. Send the digital copy to me at email@example.com (or to Suzanna Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org). The letter should deal with the following subject matter: a writer or written work that is important to you. It may also deal with writing or engaging in any other art. Your letters may also include your own stories or poems or be written in the form of stories or poems. I’m looking for something engaging and surprising. Use your imagination.
2. You can also submit the letter to me at: Theresa Williams, Dept. of English, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403 (or to Suzanna Anderson, PO Box 731, Bowling Green, OH 43402). Note, however, that I must have a digital copy in order to put your work up at the site.
3. Include a short note to me in which you say something about yourself, provide snail mail contact information, and provide your e-mail address.
4. If I decide to use your letter, you will receive an e-mail from me with comments and further instructions.