Lenny Letter

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Lenny Letter
Lenny Logo 2016.png
Editor Jessica Grose
Deputy Editor Laia Garcia
Editor at Large Mikki Halpin
Publisher Condé Nast
Founder Lena Dunham
Jennifer Konner
Year founded 2015
First issue October 23, 2015 (2015-October-23)
Country United States
Language English
Website LennyLetter.com

Lenny Letter, also known as Lenny, is a weekly online feminist newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner.[1] Lenny also has a book imprint called Lenny Books on Random House.[2]


In September 2015, Dunham and Konner started Lenny Letter as a self-funded project that would give a platform to young female voices to discuss feminist issues.[3][4][5] The newsletter features political essays, personal stories, interviews, artwork and even an advice column from Dunham and Konner themselves called "Letters to Lenny".[6] Benjamin Cooley is the CEO.[7] Laia Garcia has been Deputy Editor since July 2015.[8]

Notable articles include an essay written by actress Jennifer Lawrence about the gender wage gap in Hollywood,[9] and one written by singer Alicia Keys about her decision to start wearing little to no make-up.[10]

Lenny Letter was supported by Hearst Corporation advertising.[11] As of December 2017, it is now supported by Condé Nast.[12]

In addition to the regular newsletter, Lenny Letter published a Fiction Issue and a Poetry Issue during fall 2015. Lenny Letter is developing a possible HBO short film series.[13]

In July 2017, Lenny Letter announced its first Lenny book imprint with Random House, writer Jenny Zhang's short story collection, Sour Heart.[2][14][15][16]

In November 2017, following Dunham and Konner's controversial letter denouncing Aurora Perrineau's accusation of sexual assault by Murray Miller, Zinzi Clemmons announced that she would no longer contribute to the newsletter, saying Dunham's racism was "well-known" and called for all women of color to "divest" from Dunham.[17]


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  1. ^ Jagannathan, Meera (29 September 2015). "10 fast facts about Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's first Lenny Letter". New York Daily News. 
  2. ^ a b Zhang, Jenny; Dunham, Lena (1 August 2017). "An Evening with Jenny Zhang and Lena Dunham: Celebrating the first book from the LENNY imprint". Random House. Housing Works, New York. 
  3. ^ Wright, Mic (14 July 2015). "Lena Dunham is starting an email newsletter…yep". The Next Web. 
  4. ^ Petersen, Anne Helen (14 July 2015). "Lena Dunham Is Launching A Newsletter For Young Women". BuzzFeed. 
  5. ^ Vara, Vauhini (8 October 2015). "Lena Dunham, Media Mogul: The creator of Girls invades your inbox". Bloomberg Businessweek. 
  6. ^ Valby, Karen. "The Girls collaborators want to change the voice of online feminism—and make some money too". Fast Company. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Lenny Letter. 22 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Crimmens, Tamsin (20 June 2016). "Meet The Women Behind The Game Changing Newsletter - Lenny". ELLE UK. 
  9. ^ Lawrence, Jennifer (14 October 2015). "Jennifer Lawrence: "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?"". Lenny Letter. 
  10. ^ Keys, Alicia (31 May 2016). "Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover". Lenny Letter. 
  11. ^ Owen, Laura Hazard (4 March 2016). "Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter has grown to 400,000 subscribers with a 65 percent open rate". NiemanLab. 
  12. ^ "Style Notes: Lenny Letter Moves From Hearst to Conde Nast; Stance Socks Expands to Intimates". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 
  13. ^ Wappler, Margaret (11 January 2017). "Lena Dunham Is Our February Cover Star: Dunham talks the end of 'Girls,' our new president, and being a workaholic". Nylon. 
  14. ^ Ziv, Stav (18 April 2016). "Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's New Lenny Book Imprint Has Acquired Its First Title". Newsweek. 
  15. ^ Biedenharn, Isabella (18 April 2016). "Lena Dunham's Lenny imprint signs first book". Entertainment Weekly. 
  16. ^ "SOUR HEART by Jenny Zhang: Announcing the first book in the LENNY imprint". Lenny Letter. 1 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Zinzi Clemmons: 'It's Time For Women of Color...to Divest From Lena Dunham'". Jezebel. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19. 

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