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You don't read The Drum. You listen to it.

The Drum Literary Magazine publishes short fiction, essays, poetry, novel excerpts, and interviews exclusively in audio form. The Drum is a non-profict 501(c) 3 organization, and your source for Literature Out Loud.

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Listen Online or Download

Each of The Drum's quarterly issues brings you new literature you can weave into your daily life. Listen online or download the audio to listen to on your mp3 player and/or to share with up to five friends. Use our tags to choose a story as long as a dog-walk, or an essay that will last you for your ride to work. You can send a friend a humor piece to lighten her day, or you can pass on a serious piece to spark discussion.

If you're visiting The Drum on an iPhone or iPod, you can listen to audio simply by tapping the play button for a particular file. To store an audio file on your iPod or iPhone, you'll need to download the audio to your computer before importing it into your iTunes library.

For more information about The Drum, go to our FAQ.

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Our Story Badges

Our Story Badges

Use our handy badge system to find a story that's just right for you--or to send to a friend.

Our genres:
Short Fiction
Poetry
Novel Excerpt
Essay

Our Themes:
Crisis (identity or otherwise)
Relationships
Family
Comedy

SMALL: under 10 minutes
MEDIUM: under 20 minutes
LARGE: under 30 minutes
EXTRA LARGE: the long stuff, max. 40 minutes

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Henriette Lazaridis, Editor

Henriette Lazaridis Editor

Henriette Lazaridis' debut novel THE CLOVER HOUSE will be published on April 2, 2013 by Ballantine Books. Her shorter work has appeared in Salamander, the New England Review, Middlebury Magazine, The New York Times online, The Millions, Rowing News, and Narrative Magazine. She was a founding member of the writing blog beyondthemargins.com. She spent nearly two decades in academia, teaching at Harvard for ten years after earning an M.Phil. on a Rhodes scholarship as well as a Ph.D. One of her favorite things about being an academic was getting to read papers aloud at scholarly conferences--a sure sign that she would someday start a magazine like The Drum. Being bi-lingual in Greek and English, Henriette is fascinated by the sound of words, and still isn't sure how to pronounce "dispute" or why you don't say the p in psychology.

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KIRUN KAPUR, POETRY EDITOR

KIRUN KAPUR POETRY EDITOR

Kirun Kapur grew up in Hawaii and has since lived and worked in North America and South Asia. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, The Christian Science Monitor and many other journals and news outlets. She is the winner of the 2012 Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize for Poetry and the 2013 Antivenom prize. Her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist, will be published by Elixir Press in 2015. Kirun is co-director of the popular, Massachusetts-based arts program, The Tannery Series, and is an ardent devotee of bacon, bourbon and road trips. You can find her at www.kirunkapur.com.

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Catherine Elcik, Fiction Editor

Catherine Elcik Fiction Editor

Catherine Elcik’s short work has appeared in The Free Press, Hacks, Carve, Narrative, Bluestem, thickjam.com, and The Boston Globe. The novel she’s revising has an almost-daily audience with Bo, the elderly greyhound who curls at her feet while she murmurs at her computer. Catherine loves magic, poker, Elvis, trains, and fresh-water lakes, though she wouldn’t want to read a story that combines all of these things in a single submission. What she would like to read is more flash fiction that tells a complete, compressed narrative.

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Katrina Grigg-Saito, Fiction Editor

Katrina Grigg-Saito Fiction Editor

Katrina Grigg-Saito's essay adventures have appeared or will appear in: two National Geographic anthologies, the Christian Science Monitor, NPR, CNN-go, The Japan Times, Skirt Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, and The Drum. In Tokyo, she was Vice-Editor at Tokyo Art Beat and worked for two years as a producer and on-camera television journalist for NHK-World. After Tokyo she started her life as a global-nomad-writer, falling in love with alarming regularity at beinginlovethere.com. She's a volunteer at 826 Boston and her first children's book is soon to be published by Little, Brown.

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Ellen Freeman Roth, Essay Editor

Ellen Freeman Roth Essay Editor

Ellen Freeman Roth is a writer whose essays and articles have been published in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, SELF magazine, Easy Living UK, and other publications and online. Her published work is on www.ellenfreemanroth.com.

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Melissa Skepko-Masi, Audio Editor

Melissa Skepko-Masi Audio Editor

Melissa Skepko-Masi is the Associate Technology Product Manager at National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage Learning, an educational publisher. A short story writer and an avid reader, she is also currently a volunteer with the PEN Prison Writing Program, which encourages the rehabilitative power of writing and free expression. Melissa lives with her husband and numerous pet fish near Boston, Massachusetts. Find her on Twitter @melskepko.

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Faith Salie, Contributing Editor

Faith Salie Contributing Editor

Faith is a columnist for Oprah.com. She's written for Slate.com and opined as an ethics expert for O, the Oprah Magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Faith is a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and contributes to CBS Sunday Morning; she also tries to remain pop-culturally nimble by appearing regularly on both VH1 and Fox News. As the host of the national public radio show Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie, she interviewed over 1,000 people—from President Carter to Slash. She currently appears on Treehugger TV for Discovery's Planet Green network. Faith earned her MPhil in Modern English Literature at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. Her lust for semi-colons and evocative adverbs verges on unholy.

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Kelley Lessard, Contributing Editor

Kelley Lessard has over 20 years experience in non-profit fundraising from annual funds to capital campaigns to research and database management. Currently the Director of Advancement Services at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Kelley is also the co-author of Take Me on a Reading Adventure (a survey of best practices for teaching literacy) and a rowing/sculling coach in southeastern Massachusetts.

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Internships

Opportunities

Distribution Intern

Distribution Intern
The Drum needs help getting our great audio literature to more listeners. We are looking for someone to handle audio files when it's time for them to go into our archives, and then to make them available on our mp3 store on Nimbit and to prepare them for sale on Audible.com. Comfort working with websites is a must, but there's no prior technical knowledge required. The expected time commitment is eight hours a month, and can be spread out on a weekly basis. This is an unpaid internship, but we are happy to work with applicants who are pursuing college credit for their internships. For its interns, The Drum has the use of donated space at the offices of the Boston Book Festival at 2 Canal Park in Cambridge, MA.

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Donate and Shop

At The Drum Literary Magazine, we love bringing you our great collection of short stories, essays, and novel excerpts, and our occasional author interviews. And we do it all for free. If you share our enthusiasm for Literature Out Loud, we hope you'll consider supporting us with a donation. Your generous contribution will help fund our operating costs as we continue our mission to provide the best emerging and established voices--direct to your headphones. You can also show your support by shopping at our Drum store for a range of Drum products. Check out all the great merchandise here.

Your donation of $30 to The Drum gets you a classic Drum coffee mug. Sip while you listen to Literature Out Loud.

We know Drum listeners like to read physical books too. For a $35 donation to The Drum, we'll send you this handy tote bag to carry your library books and bookstore purchases.

Your $45 donation to The Drum lets you sport the latest in literary-magazine fashion: The Drum black t-shirt.

The Drum Literary Magazine is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support!

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Buy our Archives

Click the link below to buy archived stories from Audible

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Advertise with the Drum

Thanks for your interest in advertising with The Drum Literary Magazine.

Podcast/Website Combo Ads: Each $50 ad gets your organization presented as a sponsor at the end of one of our audio pieces, where it will remain permanently wherever The Drum is listened to--and that includes our growing podcast audience. We will also place a 180x180 banner ad at the bottom of each page of our website for three months. Your $50 ad reaches those interested in Boston's Literary District, of which The Drum is an Executive Partner, and, most importantly, it supports us in our mission to pay creators for their work, covering the cost of one story. Email us at theeditors [at] drumlitmag [dot] [com] and use Buying a Banner Ad in the subject of your email.

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