The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

In Space by Jane Hirshfield | Friday, February 05, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In space (the experiment suggested by two fifth graders), a Canadian astronaut wrings water out of a towel. It stays by the towel, horizontal transparent isinglass, a hyaline column. Then begins to cover his hands, his wrists, stays on them until he passes it to another towel. On earth some who watch this recognize the... Read more »

The Cross of Snow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Thursday, February 04, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In the long, sleepless watches of the night, A gentle face—the face of one long dead— Looks at me from the wall, where round its head The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light. Here in this room she died; and soul more white     Never through martyrdom of fire was led     To its repose; nor... Read more »

What Love Cannot Do by January Gill O'Neil | Tuesday, February 02, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It cannot save itself when it expires like a tire’s slow leak. It cannot bring back the greediness of youth                                            mouth on mouth,                                            skin on skin, that gnawing,                                            that longing you carried until the next time and then there is no next time. You never see it coming but always see it leaving. It waits... Read more »