I used to joke about this but in fact it’s quite serious—yet another symptom of the sickness of our society. 95% of the e-mails I receive from strangers—including messages from various poetry organizations (whose messages sound very much like those from other, less etheric enterprises)—address me by my first name (“Dear Joanna”) ONLY while attempting to solicit funds from me. Otherwise, they don’t bother.
It hurts, so whoever does this, please stop.
Thank you for your consideration.