The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

Recent Episodes

Ars Poetica II by Charles Wright | Thursday, August 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I find, after all these years, I am a believer— I believe what the thunder and lightning have to say; I believe that dreams are real,                                                        and that death has two reprisals; I believe that dead leaves and black water fill my heart. I shall die like a cloud, beautiful, white, full of nothingness. The... Read more »

Portrait of Viola by William Reichard | Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

They lived without electricity. Their water came from a hand pump at the base of the windmill. A Nebraska farm, 1935. She said, you can’t miss what you never had. Drugstore goldfish in the water tank turned into giant orange and white carp, Koi prized in another country, another class. Her father threw them out... Read more »