We are treating August as a vacation month for Publetters while we work on our writer’s pallor and consider what it might be like to wear a sweater outdoors again.


It is our solemn duty to remind you that Doobies Bar tosses a Publetters on the first Tuesday of each and every month – which in the case of August is this very Tuesday, 8/2.  We will have an interesting assortment of stationery and stamps and the almost semi-famous Publetters Cheat Sheet, packed with the addresses of the good, the bad and the ugly, from Tig Notaro to William Shatner to Donald Drumpf to Pope Francis. The room gets a bit quieter around 7 p.m. at the start and we count up and mail the whole stack around 10 p.m. – or later, if someone runs off at the fingers, so to speak!

 WHAT IS A YARDS CARD?   Read on… 


You could just recycle that empty Yards container… but you could also grab a scissors and snip out some YardsCards to let the folks back home know what you drank this summer.  US Postal Service regulations require that postcards should measure from 3 & 1/2″ by 4 & 1/4″ to 4 & 1/4 by 6 inches.  Both these YardsCards are a little bigger than regulation: they need a First-Class stamp to get to their destination.

Publetters is PRESENTED BY YARDS BREWING COMPANY, with stamps courtesy of Trophy Bikes; stationery provided by the skilled craftsmen of Northern Liberty Press.  Publetters is FREE, of course–just bring words, and arrange them together in whatever order you feel will most please the person you’re writing to.

COMING UP: Publetters has a full schedule this fall: We will be doing month-long Tuesday night residencies at: McNally’s, Local 44, Lucky’s Last Chance and Doobies. For complete details, watch this space, or subscribe to our pesky little Instagram and Twitter feeds on your, um,  mobile device.







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Well. We snagged a BEST of PHILLY!

There it was, in black and white (and red, and purple, etc.).

Under Best Geeky Fun, sub-category, Best Fun for Literary Types – was Publetters, “…semi-regular nights in which you pen letters…” Thanks, Philly Mag.

Note Well: Publetters is now nearly as regular (maybe more) as SEPTA: We’re booked for every Tuesday night, September through December, at a different tavern each month.


President Barack Obama signs a letter to a Cuban letter writer, in the Oval Office, March 14, 2016. The first to be mailed to Cuba directly, in many years. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) We have his mailing address–and a lot of other political addresses, including Bernie’s and Donald’s and yup, Jim Kenney’s, too.


BUT, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Before July is over, we have got one more Publetters at COEUR, 824 S. 8th St. this Tuesday, 7 to about 9 p.m.-ish. A few things to know: we’ll have a special guest host, Jaime Fountaine, who was “raised by wolves” according to her website. She has transcended that upbringing to host the Tire Fire Reading series, among other things. Yes, Jaime will lend you one of our loaner pens–we don’t call them “loaner pens” for nothing.

ALSO: Coeur just won “Best Poutine”, and Publetters’ stamp sponsor Trophy Bikes also won a Best of Philly. So get an award-winning bike, ride over to this award-winning event and scarf down some award-winning poutine for some winning winsomeness, why don’t you?

OK, now let’s look ahead. NO, not to Election Day! But to the torrid month of August, which will only have one (or two, maybe) Publetters. As always, DOOBIES BAR has their own special Publetters on the first Tuesday of every month. Our “residency” Publetters is off till September (Lucky’s Last Chance in MYNK more on that later) so Tuesday, August 2nd is your last, best moment for a summer Publetters inky fling–at Doobies, 22nd & Lombard.

Shore Lines? We might do a Publetters at the Jersey Shore – it will be an last momento/ad hoc thing, announced on our Instagram/Twitter/Facebook blips, so maybe go and follow them for a bit, please. Thanks, and as always,









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Southern. Writing. Evenings.


There’s a clean, well-lit place just around the corner from the Italian Market in South Philadelphia. We’re setting up our little stand of stationery and stamps at Coeur–on 8th Street, just above Christian. Please join us for our debut on July 5th. We will have everything you need to write a proper letter–except words, of which there is never a shortage!   Your mission: arrange those words in proper (or improper, ha) order while enjoying a craft beer or other libation. All the details are on the poster below except one: we will be bringing scads of addresses of politicians, local, regional and national, in honor of the DNC meeting here. So, please read the newspapers and get your opinions nicely sharpened.


As always, all the materials are provided free of charge, thanks to Yards Brewing, Trophy Bikes, and Northern Liberty Press, our highly-esteemed sponsors.

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Note Well …

The Yards ESA was hand-pumped from the cellar; but that little score in waltz time came from the heart. Here are a few of the letters we all wrote on Tuesday, the penultimate Publetters of June (and next-to-last one at Fergie’s Pub).  Please join us at 1214 Sansom Street on 6/28 to empty a glass and fill a page. Presented by Yards Brewing Co., with stamps courtesy of Trophy Bikes and stationery from our friends at Northern Liberty Press. We set up around 5:02 p.m. and go till 8.  Free, of course, and we will have both rollerball and fountain pens to lend you if need be!


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In the noisy, crowded pub, she picked up her pen…

A-Ha’s one and only hit single was blasting out of the jukebox; Fergie’s Pub was rattling with chatter and laughter. But she heard only the words she was putting onto the page–and just as her group made to leave–she sealed the envelope and stamped it. Join us this Tuesday, 6/21, and write a letter to Your Someone. Starts about 5; it’s free, Presented by Yards Brewing.

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One For The Box!

cropped-lslotmailcolor.jpgWe missed some of you at Fergie’s  on Tuesday, June 7–for the first Publetters session there.  We wrote to our kids, to Tig Notaro, to some, er, “associates” in L.A., and to Mom & Dad, to name a few–actually, tons of people are known as “Mom & Dad,” so we’re not exactly naming them, which is just as well, because privacy.  The whole bunch of letters got rubber-banded together and went into the mailbox at 15th/Sansom with a very satisfying <clunk!> sound.

Why don’t you stroll by and write a letter or two while sipping a beer at just the proper temperature? Next one is Tuesday, June 14, pens and paper are unveiled at 5 p.m. but if you have a “straight” job, no worries, undo your tie and we will see you when you get here.

In the meantime, you may want to follow us on FB, Twitter, or Instagram–you can’t join our email list because we don’t have one, for semi-obvious reasons!

Thanks and remember, Letters Last.

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This very Tuesday, we’re in Center City…starting a bit earlier!


Please do note that we are starting at an earlier time during June – 5 pm to 7 pm. 

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Envelope Optimisation




Sometimes things go awry at Publetters: a bout of writers’ cramp, a stamp that won’t peel up off the sheet, a leaky fountain pen.  And one grumbles, “Oh, fiddlesticks” and wonders if the whole enterprise is worth it. THEN AN ENVELOPE LIKE THIS APPEARS… And you look about – and everyone is scritch-scratching away, pausing only to stay hydrated with the odd gulp of beer – and you say, “Publetters is kind of alright, really, ha-ha!”.   Hope you will make it down for the last Publetters of May – at the Pub On Passyunk East – this very Tuesday, May 31. We tap a pint glass with a spoon at about 7 p.m. to start it all off.

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And then there were Twenty…

…Letters, that is–the best total yet during this merry, somewhat mushy month of May at Pub On Passyunk East.  We wrote: a lovely thank your note to our current President, a private letter (the contents of which we know nothing about–really, all letters are private when you think about it, esp. compared to gmail and such!) to Ms. Tig Notar0, and many others to all sorts of towns, including Searcy, AK, Forked River NJ, and Palm Beach Gardens, FLA, which sounds like a pleasant place to be right about now.   Take a look at the backs of these letters and realize that sometimes it can be just fine to judge a book by its cover.



“P.S. You’ve been Publettered” … wow, someone verbalized Publetter-ing! We wouldn’t have had the nerve, but they forged ahead. Thank!

OK, please note two things: 1) There are two more Publetters Sessions down at P.O.P.E. Tuesday the 24th and Tuesday the 31st of May. Then we go just uptown a bit to FERGIE’S PUB, which you may have heard of!  First one there is June 7th and please note: the FERGIES SESSIONS START EARLY: running 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., so rush out of work and all that.   AS ALWAYS, Publetters is presented by Yards Brewing, with stationery courtesy of Northern Liberties Press and stamps from Trophy Bikes.

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Veni, Vidi, Scripti?

Well, we don’t like to be all velvet rope about it–but with the crush of the Craft Brewer’s Conference, this little sign was vital in saving a patch of real estate at the Pub On Passyunk East to set up our paper and stamps.   We had a great evening, penning letters to Mobile AL, Minneapolis MN (in purple ink), Ennis TX, and of course we dropped a line to Vatican City, P.O.P.E. to Pope, you might well say. Please join us on Tuesday, (May 10) or any Tuesday this Month down on Passyunk Avenue, which curves, as all Philadelphia avenues do. Starts around 7, goes till after 9. FREE. Presented by Yards Brewing, stamps by Trophy Bikes, stationery courtesy Northern Liberty Press.


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