The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Making Risotto for Dinner When His Ex-Wife Calls by Kendra Tanacea | Friday, March 31, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

While I mince an onion, he talks with her, planning their son’s bar mitzvah, sounding so familiar, so nuts and bolts. Turning up the gas flame, I sauté the onion translucent. Butter sizzles, foams, as they go over the invitation list, names I’ve never heard. Adding a cup of Arborio, I think of white rice... Read more »

A Shropshire Lad: XIII by A. E. Housman | Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When I was one-and-twenty     I heard a wise man say, ‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas     But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies     But keep your fancy free.’ But I was one-and-twenty,     No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty     I heard him say again, ‘The heart out of the... Read more »

Lies My Mother Told Me by Elizabeth Thomas | Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

If you keep eating raw spaghetti          you’ll get pinworms,          then I’ll have to make          a necklace of garlic for you to wear          each night while you sleep,          until they go away. If you’re mean to your younger brother, I’ll know          because I have a special eye          that spies on you when I’m not home.          You... Read more »