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The Drum


About the Drum

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-profit 501(c) 3 organization, and your source for Literature Out Loud.

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.

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


Novel Excerpt


Our Themes:

Crisis (identity or otherwise)




SMALL: under 10 minutes

MEDIUM: under 20 minutes

LARGE: under 30 minutes

EXTRA LARGE: the long stuff, max. 40 minutes


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 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 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


The Drum is indebted to the work of its readers, newly on board for 2018.

Fiction Readers

Lara McLeod

Emily Franklin

Maria Pinto

Essay Readers

Joanne Barker

Carol Newman Cronin

If you're interested in applying to be a reader for The Drum, use our contact form to get in touch.