The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

My Mother Was a Brilliant Cook by Maria Mazziotti Gillan | Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The first time my mother went out to eat was on her 25th wedding anniversary at Scordato’s in Paterson, and the second time was for her 50th anniversary at the Iron Kettle House in Wyckoff. My mother said, “I could have cooked this meal better myself.” But I knew she was happy, though she would... Read more »

Raking Leaves by Brian Fanelli | Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There is something soothing about the scrape of a rake, the rhythmic process of pulling dead leaves, bending to pick them up, dumping them in curbside lawn bags, something soothing about the way the sun warms your hair one of these last seventy-degree days as you labor past soreness in your arms, until you forget... Read more »

The Last Words of My English Grandmother by William Carlos Williams | Sunday, September 18, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There were some dirty plates and a glass of milk beside her on a small table near the rank, disheveled bed— Wrinkled and nearly blind she lay and snored rousing with anger in her tones to cry for food, Gimme something to eat— They’re starving me— I’m all right I won’t go to the hospital.... Read more »