Ursula K. Le Guin to be Featured on Upcoming USPS Literary Arts Stamp

The Portland science-fiction author will be honored on the 33rd stamp in the series, joining James Baldwin, Flannery O'Connor, and others.

By Gabriel Granillo January 15, 2021

Ursula K. Le Guin

After the US Postal Service essentially saved democracy, the least you could do is snag some stamps. But maybe you need that sweet local angle. We get it! And so, apparently, does the USPS.

The Postal Service on Friday announced a new lineup of stamps, one of which includes Ursula K. Le Guin, “who expanded the scope of literature through novels and short stories that increased critical and popular appreciation of science fiction and fantasy,” the agency wrote in a release.

The stamp features a portrait of Le Guin by Donato Giancola, a science-fiction and fantasy painter, based on a 2006 photograph. The background features a scene from her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness on the wintry planet Gethen.

Le Guin, who died in 2018, will be featured on the 33rd stamp in the Literary Arts series (no relation to the Portland org), which has featured an author on a stamp every year since 1979, including James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, and more. John Steinbeck was the first author featured in the series.

Other stamps in the USPS’s 2021 lineup feature MLB All-Star Yogi Berra, artist Emilio Sanchez, the illusive mallard, and more.

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