The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (excerpt) by William Wordsworth | Monday, July 13, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore;— Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day, The things which I have... Read more »

Things to Watch While You Drive by Joyce Sutphen | Saturday, July 11, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The trees, slipping across the fields, changing places with barns and silos, the hills, rolling over on command, their bellies green and leafy, the sun-tiger, riding on your rooftop, its shadow racing up and down the ditches, a flock of birds, carrying the sky by the corners, a giant sheet of blue, the road, always... Read more »

Wisteria can pull down a house by Marge Piercy | Thursday, July 09, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The wisteria means to creep over the world. Every day its long tendrils wave in the breeze, seize the bench under its arbor, weave round the garden fence obstructing the path. Its arbor’s long outgrown. Such avidity. Such greed for dominance. It has already killed the Siberian irises it shadowed, stealing all their sun. Should... Read more »