The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Think and Do by Ron Padgett | Monday, December 05, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I always have to be doing something, accomplishing some- thing, fixing something, going somewhere, feeling purposeful, useful, competent—even coughing, as I just did, gives me the satisfaction of having “just cleared something up.” The phone bill arrives and minutes later I’ve written the check. The world starts to go to war and I shout, “Hey,... Read more »

A Snap Quiz in Body Language by David Wagoner | Sunday, December 04, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

We can’t hear what they’re saying, but that man is holding that woman in his arms. Your assignment is to deduce their thoughts from what they do. They’ve left no apparent space between their bodies. It could be called a close embrace, but notice her arms are at her sides, her hands relaxed, her face... Read more »

Home Town by William Stafford | Friday, December 02, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Peace on my little town, a speck in the safe,             comforting, impersonal immensity of Kansas. Benevolence like a gentle haze on its courthouse             (the model of Greek pillars to me)             on its quiet little bombshell of a library,             on its continuous, hidden, efficient sewer system. Sharp, amazed, steadfast regard on its more upright citizenry,             my... Read more »