The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale by Dan Albergotti | Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Measure the walls. Count the ribs. Notch the long days. Look up for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals. Call old friends, and listen for echoes of distant voices. Organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. Look each way for the dim glow... Read more »

Learning the Bicycle by Wyatt Prunty | Sunday, April 26, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The older children pedal past Stable as little gyros, spinning hard To supper, bath, and bed, until at last We also quit, silent and tired Beside the darkening yard where trees Now shadow up instead of down. Their predictable lengths can only tease Her as, head lowered, she walks her bike alone Somewhere between her... Read more »

Detroit Pheasant by Michael Lauchlan | Saturday, April 25, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

From a window, the boss calls to us where we load his truck with bricks. “Turn around fellas—look.” A pheasant wades through the brown grass across the street, vanishing and emerging from the tangle. A shed leans near a phone pole. Bumpers glint from the weeds. Blocks from the old foundation angle through the earth.... Read more »