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Special Projects

From time to time, The Drum publishes special audio literary projects beyond our weekly short fiction and essays. MuseFlash with Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace conference, Zip-Code Stories with WBUR, Stories on the Street, and recorded live events with the Boston Book Festival and Grub Street are just some of the additional programs you’ll find here.

STORIES ON THE STREET

Stories on the Street: The Drum takes classic literature off the bookshelf and out into the street--or the restaurant, or the train station, the boathouse, the bar. We match the text with the location, and then we invite regular passersby to read the text aloud. At The Drum, we're convinced that everyone has a story. For Stories on the Street, it's an old story, but everyone has a voice.

ZIP-CODE STORIES

Click here for all our Zip-Code Stories. Got 500 words about your zip code? Send them in. Zip-Code Stories is The Drum's project with WBUR's Radio Boston, inviting listeners and Drum fans to tell their fiction or non-fiction stories set in and around Greater Boston. Whether you're exploring a place that's new to you, or explaining a place you know like the back of your hand, we want to hear it. You can send us your piece through The Drum's submissions manager, or you can record it directly onto Broadcastr where The Drum is a featured content provider. For those who prefer snail mail, you can send your piece to WBUR in print. For more submissions guidelines, click here.

MARCIA DOUGLAS Boy With a Watergun in his Schoolbag

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In Marcia Douglas' "Boy With a Watergun in His Schoolbag", a boy finds power and poetry in something so basic as the multiplication tables. The number seven becomes the source of discovery of his own greatness and of his identity in the face of the confining world of school and a teacher with a ruler in her hand. "Boy With a Watergun in His Schoolbag" was The Drum's selection from our Third Annual MuseFlash contest, recorded at Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace conference earlier this month. (5:33)

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KELLY ROBERTSON The Characteristics of Dirt

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Kelly Robertson's "The Characteristics of Dirt" is one of The Drum's selections from our Third Annual MuseFlash contest, recorded at Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace conference earlier this month. Robertson's piece takes an intriguing and almost eerie look at a woman with an intense need to dig. This short work brings the listener in close, focusing on vivid sensory details of the loam the character sifts through. (3:37)

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WENDY DARWIN WAKEMAN Identity Theft

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Wendy Wakeman's "Identity Theft" was a selection from The Drum's Third Annual MuseFlash contest at Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace conference earlier this month. Financial dire straits and the pressures of college and work form the setting for the piece, in which a ten dollar bill and a grandmother's handwriting come together to alter the narrator's life. (3:44)

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LAURIE JACOBS The Call

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Laurie Jacobs' flash fiction piece "The Call" is a MuseFlash selection from The Drum's Third Annual MuseFlash contest, recorded at Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace conference earlier this month. "The Call" is an early morning phone call that alters the life of Jacobs' college-student narrator. The brevity of the piece belies its dense emotional impact and its moving tone. (3:25)

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L.E. MILLER Zip-Code Stories

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L.E. Miller's "The Sea Gives" begins with a shard of china floating in the water off Plum Island and ends with a young girl questioning her place in an older woman's life. Along the way, in a brief 500 words, Miller depicts a bond between the two women, a coming together of two different worlds, and the fragility of that relationship. The prompt for this round of Zip-Code Stories was an opening line of "She saw something at the water's edge and. . . ". Listen to hear how "The Sea Gives" concludes that sentence. (4:23)

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KIM SAVAGE Zip-Code Stories

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The narrator of Kim Savage's "The Fells" tells the chiling story of her abduction from this remote part of Winchester, Massachusetts (01890). Describing a routine fells run turned dangerous, the story hints at the complicated relationships between the abductor, the intended victim, and the girl who took her place. "The Fells" is the featured Zip-Code Story for June 2012, as part of The Drum's project with WBUR's Radio Boston. (3:42)

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STORIES ON THE STREET Prospero from The Tempest

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The Drum's Stories on the Street project brings Shakespeare to Coney Island. This place of temporary pleasures was a fitting location for Sara Fetherolf to record visitors reading Prospero's well-known speech from The Tempest. This recording may be the only time that "our revels now are ended" is captured with the ambient sounds of a roller-coaster. To read along from Shakespeare's text, click Project Gutenberg here. (1:40)

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STORIES ON THE STREET Dante's Inferno

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Stories on the Street went underground in April to record Dante's Inferno. Dante's journey through the underworld begins at the gateway warning of the horrors awaiting within. The Drum's Sara Fetherolf went into the New York City subway to ask ordinary people to read from this classic text. Click here to read along on Project Gutenberg. (2:18)

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DANIEL ROBERTS Zip-Code Stories

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Daniel Roberts' story "Sandwich" is our Zip-Code Stories winner for this month--and our first piece of fiction to win in the Zip-Code Stories project. "Sandwich" is set in the eponymous Cape town, where Eugene's wife Jan has decided to take him to resolve certain issues in their long marriage. Is Eugene a victim of hypochondria, or an aging American man plagued by the standard ills of body, mind, and psyche? In Sandwich, he takes matters into his own hands. Listen to the piece to see if you think it's a lighthearted or a cynical conclusion. (3:13)

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