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The Modern Letter website is currently undergoing a process of construction and transition, and we appreciate your patience while we gather our resources and finalize decisions on the layout and appearance of the project. Although suffering from a brief setback due to family concerns and auto loan refinance, we’re making great progress and hope to be up and running within weeks.
All content subsequent to this italicized portion is quoted from the previous edition of the website.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Modern Letter Project is a collaboration between Corie Trancho-Robie and Youngna Park reviving the lost art of snail mail correspondence.
It is our hope that, at end of the year each participant in the project will have a network of new pen pals, friends, and a collection of letters to treasure, and as a group, the art of letter-writing will explore new intersections between letter-writing with art and technology.
HOW IT WORKS
Each participant receives one address per month for twelve months. For each of those months, they write a total of at least two letters:
1. To the address sent to them
2. A response to the person who has written to them
Project images are located in the Modern Letter Project flickr pool and more information about letters, stationery, events, and more can be found on our blog.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you are interested in participating, please send the following information to themodernletter(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject heading I Want to Write Letters and we will contact you when there is an opening.
1. Your full name
2. Your mailing address (must be willing to share)
At that time, we will ask you to confirm your willingness to participate, as well as your age. We are currently only accepting participants over 18 years old.
HOW IT STARTED
One day Corie and Youngna got to talking: the internet is such a great way to connect people and a great way to keep in touch, but isn’t there something just missing, like that satisfying feeling of getting a personal letter? We collectively lamented the days of good ol’ snail mail and decided to reach out to some friends. Turns out we had lots of pals who missed receiving letters, and others who missed writing them, so we decided to connect the dots, and thus, the Modern Letter Project was born.
The MLP launched in March 2007 with 80 participants, including a hypnotist, a cellist and a Texas Social Security Disability lawyer. Since its inception, the project has attracted over 200 participants from all ends of the globe. New friends are being made, family recipes shared, art projects created out of the idea of cherishing the written letter.
WHY DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED
Corie and Youngna are excited, but overwhelmed! The management of the project has begun to take on a life of its own with new requirements, needs and aspirations. These include server space, a secure database of participants, an active website and most importantly, a technological infrastructure that can support a constant flow of interested letter writers, their changes of address and entry and exit from the project. Donations to the MLP will be applied directly to the project’s operational costs. Unique gift baskets are a great donation as well.
We appreciate your support. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at themodernletter [at] gmail [dot] com.
Putting the snail back in mail:
An international pen pal project
for the modern world.