A Good Flannery O'Connor Stamp Will Soon Be Easy To Find

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Fifty years after her death, Flannery O’Connor has officially made it—she’s going to be on stamp. Set to be released as part of the USPS Literary Arts commemorative series, the stamp depicts O’Connor surrounded by peacock feathers. Linn’s Stamp News, my new favorite website, reported on the mail’s newest star.

Information about the stamp was first revealed May 18 during a teleconference hosted by Mary-Anne Penner, the new acting Stamp Services director for the USPS.


1.) How do I get an invite to the next teleconference about stamps?

The design of the stamp shows a portrait of O’Connor digitally created by Sam Weber, based on a photograph. In the background are images of peacock feathers, a nod to O’Connor’s fondness for the exotic birds that were referenced in her writings, and which she raised on the Georgia farm where she lived.


2.) Why didn’t the USPS stick with their right face/wrong quote style established earlier this year?

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The “nondenominated (93¢) 3-ounce rate stamp will be issued June 5,” just in time for you to send your late rent check off in style.


Images via the USPS

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I’ve loved Flannery O’Connor for a long time because every writing teacher I’ve ever had has been like “an FOC short story is is like a little handbook for how to write a short story” and the writing’s so funny and mean and also she was a cartoonist blah blah then a few years ago, I was writing a paper, and dipped into her correspondence and damn she said soooo many many hateful things about gay people and black people (taking especially gross shots at James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg, specifically). Is this something people know about? I’m sure my surprise is like 90% a product of my naiveté and the fact that I like “fell in love with the writing of FOC” as a dumb high schooler. But I also kind of couldn’t believe I hadn’t...heard about it. Before.