The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

The Monks of St. John’s File in for Prayer by Kilian McDonnell | Saturday, October 29, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In we shuffle, hooded amplitudes, scapulared brooms, a stray earring, skin-heads and flowing locks, blind in one eye, hooked-nosed, handsome as a prince (and knows it), a five-thumbed organist, an acolyte who sings in quarter tones, one slightly swollen keeper of the bees, the carpenter minus a finger here and there, our pre-senile writing deathless... Read more »

Message for the Disheartened by Patricia Fargnoli | Friday, October 28, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When you are expecting nothing a letter arrives and someone decides for you. Your arms fall to your sides, your hands open. You dress for the weather in your gold moccasins and prepare for long journeys to distant countries. The foxes who come out of the forests stall before you but do not startle. They... Read more »

In the Distant Past by Carrie Fountain | Thursday, October 27, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Things weren’t very specific when I was in labor, yet everything was there, suddenly: all that my body had known, even things I’d only been reminded of occasionally, as when a stranger’s scent had reminded me of someone I’d known in the distant past. The few men I’d loved but didn’t marry. The time, living... Read more »

Regarding (Most) Songs by Thomas Lux | Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                    Whatever is too stupid to say                     can be sung.                            —JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719) The human voice can sing a vowel to break your heart. It trills a string of banal words, but your blood jumps, regardless. You don’t care about the words but only how they’re sung and the music behind—the brass, the drums. Oh the... Read more »