The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Graveyard Shift At Ace’s Truck Stop by J.T. Knoll | Wednesday, July 05, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Speed popping, long haul truckers stretch, yak, and drink coffee with locals searching for pancakes or bacon and eggs after a night of drinking, dancing, gambling, and making whoopee at nightspots like the Tower Ballroom, Saddlehead Sam’s, the 69 Drive-In, Barto’s Idle Hour and the VFW. The haggard and the high class together. No place... Read more »

Song of the Shattering Vessels by Peter Cole | Tuesday, July 04, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Either the world is coming together or else the world is falling apart—           here—now—along these letters,           against the walls of every heart. Today, tomorrow, within its weather, the end or beginning’s about to start—           the world impossibly coming together           or very possibly falling apart. Now the lovers’ mouths are open— maybe the miracle’s about to... Read more »

Renaming the Planets by Bill Glose | Saturday, July 01, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Backs on pier’s cool planks, fingers intertwined, my girlfriend and I gaze into forever as comets tear open the sky, bright streaks winking like distant fireflies. Beyond them, a dwarf planet sulks in its orbit. Einstein said nothing could outrun physics’ laws; even time must bend to fit its rules. Yet scientists once declared Earth... Read more »