Lenny Letter
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EditorJessica Grose
Deputy EditorLaia Garcia
Editor at LargeMikki Halpin
PublisherCondé Nast
FounderLena Dunham
Jennifer Konner
First issueOctober 23, 2015 (2015-October-23)
Final issueOctober 19, 2018 (2018-October-19)
CountryUnited States

Lenny Letter, also known as Lenny, was a weekly online feminist newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner.[1] Lenny also had a book imprint called Lenny Books on Random House.[2] It was shut down in October 2018.[3]


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.[4][5][6] The newsletter featured political essays, personal stories, interviews, artwork and even an advice column from Dunham and Konner themselves called "Letters to Lenny".[7] Benjamin Cooley was the CEO.[8] Laia Garcia was made deputy editor in July 2015.[9]

Notable articles include an essay written by actress Jennifer Lawrence about the gender wage gap in Hollywood;[10] one written by singer Alicia Keys about her decision to start wearing little to no make-up;[11] and another by singer Kesha on the release day of her single "Praying", her first in close to four years, about her public struggles against producer Dr. Luke (detailed in Kesha v. Dr. Luke).[12]

Lenny Letter was supported by Hearst Corporation advertising.[13] After December 2017, it was supported by Condé Nast.[14]

In addition to the regular newsletter, Lenny Letter published a fiction issue and a poetry issue during fall 2015. Lenny Letter was developing a possible HBO short film series.[15]

In July 2017, Lenny Letter announced its first Lenny book imprint with Random House, writer Jenny Zhang's short story collection, Sour Heart.[2][16][17][18]

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.[19]

In October 2018, it was announced the website would be shutting down,[20][21] reportedly due to a decline in subscribers and failure to build momentum upon other platforms.[22] Contributors were told a week prior to the shut down, receiving fees for unpublished written works.[23]




  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. ^ Evans, Greg (October 18, 2018). "Lena Dunham Website Set To Close Down Tomorrow: Report". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Wright, Mic (14 July 2015). "Lena Dunham is starting an email newsletter…yep". The Next Web.
  5. ^ Petersen, Anne Helen (14 July 2015). "Lena Dunham Is Launching A Newsletter For Young Women". BuzzFeed.
  6. ^ Vara, Vauhini (8 October 2015). "Lena Dunham, Media Mogul: The creator of Girls invades your inbox". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  7. ^ Valby, Karen. "The Girls collaborators want to change the voice of online feminism—and make some money too". Fast Company.
  8. ^ "About Us". Lenny Letter. 22 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ Crimmens, Tamsin (20 June 2016). "Meet The Women Behind The Game Changing Newsletter - Lenny". ELLE UK.
  10. ^ Lawrence, Jennifer (14 October 2015). "Jennifer Lawrence: "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?"". Lenny Letter.
  11. ^ Keys, Alicia (31 May 2016). "Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover". Lenny Letter. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  12. ^ Sebert, Kesha (6 July 2017). "Kesha Fights Back in Her New Single, "Praying"". Lenny Letter. Condé Nast. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  13. ^ Owen, Laura Hazard (4 March 2016). "Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter has grown to 400,000 subscribers with a 65 percent open rate". NiemanLab.
  14. ^ "Style Notes: Lenny Letter Moves From Hearst to Conde Nast; Stance Socks Expands to Intimates". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Ziv, Stav (18 April 2016). "Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's New Lenny Book Imprint Has Acquired Its First Title". Newsweek.
  17. ^ Biedenharn, Isabella (18 April 2016). "Lena Dunham's Lenny imprint signs first book". Entertainment Weekly.
  18. ^ "SOUR HEART by Jenny Zhang: Announcing the first book in the LENNY imprint". Lenny Letter. 1 June 2017. Archived from the original on 15 October 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Zinzi Clemmons: 'It's Time For Women of Color...to Divest From Lena Dunham'". Jezebel. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  20. ^ Lewis, Hilary (October 18, 2018). "Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's Lenny Letter Website to Shut Down (Reports)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  21. ^ Spangler, Todd (October 18, 2018). "Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's Lenny Letter Is Shutting Down (Reports)". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  22. ^ Willens, Max (October 18, 2018). "Lenny Letters tells contributors it's shutting down on Friday". Digiday. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  23. ^ Ryan, Lisa (October 18, 2018). "Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter Is Reportedly Shutting Down". New York. Retrieved October 18, 2018.