The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Morning in May by Rosalind Brackenbury | Wednesday, May 06, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Grass grows in the night and early the mockingbirds begin their fleet courtships over puddles, upon wires, in the new green of the Spanish limes. Their white-striped wings flash as they flirt and dive. Wind in the chimes pulls music from the air, the sky’s cleared of its vast complications. In the pause before summer,... Read more »

My Grandparents’ Generation by Faith Shearin | Monday, May 04, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

They are taking so many things with them: their sewing machines and fine china, their ability to fold a newspaper with one hand and swat a fly. They are taking their rotary telephones, and fat televisions, and knitting needles, their cast iron frying pans, and Tupperware. They are packing away the picnics and perambulators, the... Read more »

National Pastime by Bill Mayer | Sunday, May 03, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Though we know                           everything is bounded by time,               there is, after all,                                          baseball, in which time has its function,                                                        but does not rule. I remember one game, years ago,                                            in the ninth inning, the home team, down seven runs, scored eight, and after two were out.                                             So it’s possible, even though we think we know,... Read more »