The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Walking to Jerusalem by Philip Terman | Saturday, November 28, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Pedometer attached to her belt, your mother, spry and strong at eighty, joins the other Methodist Church members in calculating the 5,915 miles, no matter the weather, to add up all the way from Linesville, Pennsylvania to Jerusalem. They need not worry about miracles or pausing at the signs of the cross. They need not... Read more »

Thinking about the Past by Donald Justice | Thursday, November 26, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Certain moments will never change, nor stop being— My mother’s face all smiles, all wrinkles soon; The rock wall building, built, collapsed then, fallen; Our upright loosening downward slowly out of tune— All fixed into place now, all rhyming with each other. That red-haired girl with wide mouth—Eleanor— Forgotten thirty years—her freckled shoulders, hands. The... Read more »