A list of lit mags with audio components, recommendations for listening pleasure, and some tips on ways to listen
Love listening to authors read their work. The Dublin Review also offers an audio feature.
We invite all our contributors at Tahoma Literary review to record their pieces for our SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tahomaliterary.
Interesting topic. I read my own work out loud to myself. You can hear your mistakes instantly. I was lucky enough to have my first published story in Quiddity International Literary Magazine a number of years back. I wrote in the first quarter of my MFA at UC Irvine. My step-daughter's aspiring fillmmaker (now filmmaker) friend stuck me in my clothes closet and recorded me reading it for the magazine. Let me know if you can hear the audio. It's very clear on the web site. http://coco.quidditylit.org/issue02-2/index.html#margaretholmes
I had the opportunity to record a poem of mine for Rattle’s website but chose not to. See Helia Rethmann’s comment at 10:02. (But Helia ended up giving it a try—kudos.)
I hate how the voice you hear in your head sounds nothing like that coming out of your mouth. I had my first request to record a flash piece that was being published by TINT Journal this month, and the process was HARD. Aside from figuring out how to download an mp3 recording app on my cell phone (I'm old, y'all), I had to record the thing in one take, because the editing features were beyond me. The story had both the word 'bowl' (as in what dogs drink out of) and the word 'bowels' (as in 'intestines'), and as a non-native speaker, the difference in pronunciation was REALLY HARD! Still not sure I did it right. But, hell, I tried. Let them make fun of foreigners. Here's the finished version:https://www.tintjournal.com/fiction/flash-fiction
Passengers Journal does recordings of the poems they select for publication, but not by the poets themselves. This was a fascinating experience for me. The voice actor (Angelical Allen) who read/recorded my poem "Fingerprints" contacted me to ask questions about the poem in order to get a sense of the emotion behind it and what brought me to the page. Hearing my words read by someone else when the issue came out was moving in a way I hadn't expected.