The Writer's Almanac

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

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Snapper by Ken Craft | Tuesday, August 02, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Atop the ridge near the driveway, small ramparts of sandy dirt behind her, a snapping turtle lays her eggs at dusk. Her eyes, heavy-lidded, blink with boredom at her audience. Supreme in her ill-chosen spot, her helmet of stink, the algae like wet war ribbons clinging to her carapace, she appears exhausted with ancientness. Behind... Read more »

Choices We Make When We Are Too Young To Make Them by Lois Parker Edstrom | Monday, August 01, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Evenings at the table with my father, stewing over algebraic equations, chemical reactions, my young life sloped toward science and healing. He didn’t recognize, nor did I, how I fingered letters the way the devout touch prayer beads, that I held them up to my ear to hear the music they made when strung together,... Read more »