The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Communion by Lawrence Kessenich | Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

During Lent, season of discipline, I drag myself early out of bed, ride to Mass with Mom and Mrs. Crivello, warm in the front seat between their woolen coats, soothed by familiar perfume. Headlights carve the ebony darkness. The women talk in low tones about people I don’t know, the thrum of their voices reassuring.... Read more »

In your next letter, by Carrie Shipers | Saturday, February 13, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

                                             please describe the weather in great detail. If possible, enclose a fist of snow or mud, everything you know about the soil, how tomato leaves rub green against your skin and make you itch, how slow the corn is growing on the hill. Thank you for the photographs of where the chicken coop once stood,... Read more »

AM Radio by Jesse Graves | Friday, February 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

So many nights we sat up listening to basketball games, talking about cars and all the cities he had driven through in big trucks, all the dangerous cargo he had carried. My uncle was a night-owl and a storyteller, One-time drunk and chaser of questionable women, lover of American muscle cars, handcrafted wood, Shakespeare fishing... Read more »