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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-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
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

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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 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 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

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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.

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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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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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