The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Nightingale by Tony Morris | Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When our daughter was a baby, she’d sometimes cry and cry, raw-throated nightingale heavy on evening’s shoulders, no solace in the rocking lullaby, warm milk, blue velvet blanket, nor in the whispered words, the quiet shush we’d loose while pacing back and forth across the wooden floors. Until one night, by chance, we needed diapers,... Read more »

Now by Barbara Crooker | Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

What can l say, now that summer’s gone, with the weight of its heat, its thick blanket of humidity, the cacophony of zinnias, marigolds, salvia? Now the sky is clear blue and cloudless, that sure one-note that can only mean October. You’re gone. The leaves turn gold in the calendar’s rotisserie, giving up their green,... Read more »

Dancing School, 1932 by Marianne MacCuish | Sunday, October 11, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

1932 In a time of national crisis we learned to curtsy to point a patent leather toe bend a knee over our Mary Janes with satin hairbows slipping down our cheeks In the Knights of Columbus Hall the floor fresh-shined gleamed through auras of stale cigar taint of Lysol numbing the glamour of sweetpea wrist-corsages... Read more »