The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Looking West from Laguna Beach at Night by Charles Wright | Thursday, April 30, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I’ve always liked the view from my mother-in-law’s house at night, Oil rigs off Long Beach Like floating lanterns out in the smog-dark Pacific, Stars in the eucalyptus, Lights of airplanes arriving from Asia, and town lights Littered like broken glass around the bay and back up the hill. In summer, dance music is borne... Read more »

Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale by Dan Albergotti | Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Measure the walls. Count the ribs. Notch the long days. Look up for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals. Call old friends, and listen for echoes of distant voices. Organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. Look each way for the dim glow... Read more »

Learning the Bicycle by Wyatt Prunty | Sunday, April 26, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The older children pedal past Stable as little gyros, spinning hard To supper, bath, and bed, until at last We also quit, silent and tired Beside the darkening yard where trees Now shadow up instead of down. Their predictable lengths can only tease Her as, head lowered, she walks her bike alone Somewhere between her... Read more »

Detroit Pheasant by Michael Lauchlan | Saturday, April 25, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

From a window, the boss calls to us where we load his truck with bricks. “Turn around fellas—look.” A pheasant wades through the brown grass across the street, vanishing and emerging from the tangle. A shed leans near a phone pole. Bumpers glint from the weeds. Blocks from the old foundation angle through the earth.... Read more »