The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Disappearing Fathers by Faith Shearin | Friday, January 15, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Sometime after I turned forty the fathers from my childhood began disappearing; they had heart attacks during business dinners or while digging their shovels into a late April snow. Some fathers began forgetting things: their phone numbers, which neighborhoods belonged to them, which houses. They had a shortness of breath, the world’s air suddenly too... Read more »

For My Daughter in Reply to a Question by David Ignatow | Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

We’re not going to die. We’ll find a way. We’ll breathe deeply and eat carefully. We’ll think always on life. There’ll be no fading for you or for me. We’ll be the first and we’ll not laugh at ourselves ever and your children will be my grandchildren. Nothing will have changed except by addition. There’ll... Read more »

Bredon Hill by A. E. Housman | Sunday, January 10, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In summertime on Bredon      The bells they sound so clear; Round both the shires they ring them      In steeples far and near,      A happy noise to hear. Here of a Sunday morning      My love and I would lie, And see the coloured counties,      And hear the larks so high      About us in the sky. The... Read more »