For more decades than a stick can shake at, Mrs. Collins’s wit and knowledge of arcane and contemporary print technology continue to please clients, gratify friends, and enrich those lucky enough to be mentored by her. Through the Fundamental Letters series of 2-hour sessions, she teaches small, focused classes in creating monograms, ciphers, correct (and inventive) stationery use, and all things fundamental to letter writing.

Currently, in collaboration with Antenna Gallery, Collins produces Letters Read, the ongoing series of live performances in which local actors interpret culturally vital letters from little known individuals or—heretofore—unknown correspondence between private, and business residents of New Orleans. Through an intensely intimate look into private communications, Letter Read strives to represent times, places, and events in thoughtful and compelling light. The goal is to inspire questions and curiosity about otherwise broad themes examined through the intimacy of private letters.

Listen to a couple of interviews and podcasts recorded live during a few Letters Read events.