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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.top
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Each of The Drum's ten annual 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.
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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.
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.
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.top
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.top
Ellen Freeman Roth, Essay 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.top
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.top
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.top
DAVID MAWHINNEY, Reading Performer
David Mawhinney studied acting at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training. He has performed in theater productions in Europe and the United States. He currently practices law and occasionally performs in and around Boston.top
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.
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.
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