The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope | Sunday, May 01, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Happy the man whose wish and care           A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air,                                          In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,           Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade,                                          In winter fire. Blest, who can unconcernedly find           Hours, days, and years... Read more »

On an Anniversary by Donald Justice | Friday, April 29, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Thirty years and more go by In the blinking of an eye,            And you are still the same As when first you took my name. Much the same blush now as then Glimmers through the peach-pale skin.            Time (but as with a glove) Lightly touches you, my love. Stand with me a minute still While... Read more »

Old Roses by Kate Barnes | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When my father met my mother at a dinner party in a garden of very old roses on Beacon Hill one hot evening in early June, he said to his friend, F. Morton Smith, that night, “Morton, I have met the girl I’m going to marry!”                                                    (We have Uncle Morton’s testimony for that, the certified... Read more »