The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Four Secretaries by Ted Kooser | Monday, April 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

All through the day I hear or overhear their clear, light voices calling from desk to desk, young women whose fingers play casually over their documents, setting the incoming checks to one side, the thick computer reports to the other, tapping the correspondence into stacks while they sing to each other, not intending to sing... Read more »

The Sandhill Cranes of Nebraska by Billy Collins | Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Too bad you weren’t here six months ago, was a lament I heard on my visit to Nebraska. You could have seen the astonishing spectacle of the sandhill cranes, thousands of them feeding and even dancing on the shores of the Platte River. There was no point in pointing out the impossibility of my being... Read more »