The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Nothing Is Lost by Noel Coward | Monday, January 23, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Deep in our sub-conscious, we are told Lie all our memories, lie all the notes Of all the music we have ever heard And all the phrases those we loved have spoken, Sorrows and losses time has since consoled, Family jokes, out-moded anecdotes Each sentimental souvenir and token Everything seen, experienced, each word Addressed to... Read more »

Theater by William Greenway | Saturday, January 21, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Like the neighborhood kind you went to as a kid, full of yellow light and red velvet curtains and everybody there, friends, bullies throwing popcorn, somebody with red hair. The roof is leak-stained like the bloody footprints of the beast from 20,000 fathoms, there’s a yo-yo demonstration by a greasy man in a sequined suit,... Read more »

SNOW: I by C.K. Williams | Friday, January 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

All night, snow, then, near dawn, freezing rain, so that by morn-             ing the whole city glistens in a glaze of high-pitched, meticulously polished brilliance, every,             thing rounded off, the cars submerged nearly to their windows in the unbroken drifts             lining the narrow alleys, the buildings rising from the trunklike integuments the wind has against... Read more »