Women of Letters is a best-selling literary salon. Each month, New York’s best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter-writing.
Women of letters was founded in 2010 by Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy.
Each month, host Sofija Stefanovic introduces a lineup of six women, from various walks of life.
The most interesting and acclaimed writers, musicians, actors, comedians and politicians appear together on stage, in an intimate setting, with the purpose of celebrating female talent and the lost art of letter-writing.
The shows are funny and sad, and never recorded or filmed – part of the magic is that they exist in the moment, and the events are a safe story-telling space.
The show attracts guests of the highest caliber, from all disciplines. Women of Letters veterans include: Molly Ringwald, Jean Grae, Kathleen Turner, Margo Jefferson, Martha Wainwright, Aparna Nancherla, Siri Hustvedt, Edie Falco, Elaine Welteroth, Susan Orlean, Emma Straub, Alexis Okeowo, Sonia Manzano, Eileen Myles, Suki Kim, Tavi Gevinson, Yael Stone, Amber Tamblyn and many more.
Every month, New York’s best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as special guest host Sharron Paul welcomes guests reading “A letter to the thing I left behind”. Together on stage for the first time ever:
Stand-up comedian, podcast host, musician and writer MARCIA BELSKY
Writer and Founder of Well-Read Black Girl GLORY EDIM
Writer and podcast host ASHLEY FORD
Freelance writer, illustrator and author of Elephants Make Fine Friends COLTER JACKSON
New York Times bestselling author of An American Marriage TAYARI JONES
Writer and contributing editor at Guernica ARIEL LEWITON
Actress and star of Orange is the New Black CONSTANCE SHULMAN
Proceeds from Women of Letters shows are regularly donated to charity, with over $850,000 being raised globally to date. Proceeds from our May 23rd show will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
Our regular monthly shows are hosted by acclaimed author and Moth storyteller Sofija Stefanovic @sstefanovic
Produced by Trish Nelson’s BanterGirl @BanterGirlSTW
Women of Letters was founded by NYC co-curator Michaela McGuire (@michaelamcguire) and Marieke Hardy (@mariekehardy).
In the last seven years, Women of Letters events have raised over $850,000 for charity. The New York shows have donated proceeds to organisations we feel passionately about, including Planned Parenthood, PEN International, Millay Colony and Guernica.
Women of Letters was founded in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, by writers Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy. Since its inception, Women of Letters has enjoyed sellout success in Australia and toured internationally to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin (SXSW), London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Wellington and Indonesian cities Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Ubud.
While Hardy continues to create sellout events in Australia, McGuire curates the monthly show in New York in collaboration with acclaimed author and Moth storyteller Sofija Stefanovic, and performer and producer Trish Nelson and BanterGirl (a production company with an honest mission to establish a diverse and creative empire of women, and shine a light on their talents).
Penguin Random House has released seven bestselling anthologies of letters from the live shows. Airmail is the first international edition.
“In our world which is becoming increasingly more disconnected by dependency on social media and our tendencies to live online, I feel that projects like Women of Letters are the antidote. Bringing people together in one room to hear people tell their stories is a powerful reminder of our humanity.”
“Women of Letters is the perfect alchemy of literary art-party and storytelling, with drinking and bonding for all genders of truth-seekers. Marieke and Michaela deserve a medal for creating this happening while we’re on earth.”
Sofija is the host of Women of Letters New York. She is a regular storyteller with The Moth and has travelled around the United States performing with their MainStage. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between (Atria Books).
Trish is a performer, producer, and founder of BanterGirl, a production company with an honest mission to establish a diverse and creative empire of women, and shine a light on the many talents that they possess. Outside of Women of Letters, Trish produces monthly live shows for John Hodgman, Carolyn Castiglia, and Dave Hill, among many others.
Michaela is a journalist, author, and Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Prior to taking up this appointment, she was Director and Co-CEO of Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, and in 2016 delivered its largest and most successful festival to date. Michaela is the author of Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law, the Penguin Special A Story of Grief and Apply Within: Stories of career sabotage.
Marieke is a writer, producer, curator and artist. Her six-part award-winning ‘black romantic comedy series’, Laid, premiered on Australian television in 2010. A collection of her essays was released through Allen and Unwin in 2011. She is a live artist and immersive theatre creator, and was a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.