Alexander Chee, novelist par-excellence and brain parent of Amtrak Residency for Writers, on his sojourn in Portland after his initial residency, and I met at Stumptown to talk lit-world shop after meeting through mutual friends. The conversation's child was Dear Reader, a micro-residency for writers at Ace Hotel New York. Each writer stays at the hotel, gets a tab and supplies, and writes a letter to the imagined Dear Reader. We print up the letters in an edition of 300 on good paper, and one night during the month of the writer's stay we deliver each guest of the hotel the letter. We also interview each reader on our blog. It's a passion project proved true, expanding the cultural conversations Ace has in the world.