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Donovan Beeson
Chicago, IL
Craft Engineer & Co-Founder of the Letter Writers Alliance
Interests: comic books, maps, office supplies, mail, religious iconography, paper goods
Recent Activity
If you're a U.K. resident, I hope you are enjoying National Stationery Week! There's a whole bunch of participating retailers and inspiring things to get involved in online. I like that the website takes pains to say that we can... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Robert Panara The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara, an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. During his 40-year teaching career, Panara inspired generations of students with his powerful use of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Really enjoyed this posting on the Write_On blog by Jillian Schiavi covering the basics of using a brush pen specifically for envelope addressing. I often see guides to calligraphy on envelopes; so this is a nice change of pace. What... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
Just a smorgasbord of some of the most inspirational (to my mind) Instagram accounts out there for getting your letter writing juices going. From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Andrea Raymond (@dreyray) 2. Devoted Diarist (@devoteddiarist) 3. Beth... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Letter Writers Alliance
We've written of Girls Love Mail before on the blog. In your goal of a letter-a-day this month, why not add them to your list? They recently sent out an email requesting more letters and now seems like a great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Remember to join us for L.W.A. book club on Sunday, April 16th with a live stream on our You Tube channel at 3PM CST. Our book is The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. We'll be joined by book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Just a seasonally appropriate reminder that you can mail things like, say, plastic eggs without a box. It's easy. It's thinking out of the box. Try it. You'll like it and so will the receiver. I got this one in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
L.W.A. member Jessica has these awesome stickers for you as a free download for National Letter Writing Month. Use them to keep track of your progress or just fancy things up a bit. Thanks, Jessica, you are rad! Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Working on it!
Stamp Out Hate continues to send out messages of hope this month. We'll be at the CHIRP Record Fair tomorrow with postcards and stamps if you'd like to come by! We’re focusing in April on groups that support our LGBTQ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
When Kathy & I started the Letter Writers Alliance back in the Summer of 2007, we had no conception of what it would become today. We are humbled and astonished on a daily basis. Thanks for helping us send so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Dont despair! L.W.A. members already write more letters than regular people. In the overall scope, youre already ahead of the game.
Alright, alright! The dress rehearsal of February is over, you had March to recover, and now it's time for the main event. April is National Card & Letter Writing month! For those of you participating in Write_On, that means a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
I have lots of mixed feelings about this latest installment of the L.W.A. book club. Here's a nudge to get your reading on before our discussion in a couple weeks. Discussion: April 16th (Sunday), 3pm Central Current Book: The Crying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
I've been following the 100 Days Action Instagram account and this project caught my attention: Artist Alicia Escott is a calling asking us to examine ourselves and our values and then put them in print, sealed away for a later... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Most assuredly. But the building has also recently built a new suite in the hallway where the boxes used to be and I cant even gaze wistfully at them anymore.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2017 on Address Map Postcard at Letter Writers Alliance
All hail the mail system! This postcard traversed two postal processors, the Royal Mail and the U.S.P.S., to be delivered to me. There's a twist though. The U.S.P.S. did not deliver it to the address illustrated on the card. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Im sorry. I dont know. If you find a good one, share the news!
After last month's bounty, March seems a bit sparse in the release department. We've got two state stamps, one of Mississippi and one of Nebraska. The 10c pears will be available in a $2.00 sheet instead of just a $1000.00... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Join me for a Stamp Out Hate postcard pop-up on Friday, March 31st from 2PM-6PM at the Read/Write Library. You can come by and pick up free postcards and stickers to send your messages. There is also a list of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
As a kid, I spent a lot of time with the JC Penney's Wish book. It was a big catalog that came in the mail around the holidays. It was thin pages, but printed in glossy color, and full of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Rhea, the genius curator behind Mail More Love, has you covered for the upcoming National Letter Writing Month (that's April, folks) with her newest offering- the /30 Days of Letters Kit. I love the sweet little stamp to help you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
St. Patrick's Day is on its way; so now's a perfect time to tell you about a purchasable post project devoted to love of the green isle. Emerald Post Artisan Parcels - limited-edition bundles of Irish & Celtic inspired art... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance
Im sorry Kelly. Those were only available during the week of that action. We have other available downloads for activist action at
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on Hear Our Voice at Letter Writers Alliance
The L.W.A. supports International Women's Day and the Day Without a Woman strike today. These women were part of the Civil Service in Britain in 1901. They worked hard to achieve that status. We continue their work. P.S. If you're... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Letter Writers Alliance