The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

On an Anniversary by Donald Justice | Friday, April 29, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Thirty years and more go by In the blinking of an eye,            And you are still the same As when first you took my name. Much the same blush now as then Glimmers through the peach-pale skin.            Time (but as with a glove) Lightly touches you, my love. Stand with me a minute still While... Read more »

Old Roses by Kate Barnes | Thursday, April 28, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When my father met my mother at a dinner party in a garden of very old roses on Beacon Hill one hot evening in early June, he said to his friend, F. Morton Smith, that night, “Morton, I have met the girl I’m going to marry!”                                                    (We have Uncle Morton’s testimony for that, the certified... Read more »

Four Secretaries by Ted Kooser | Monday, April 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

All through the day I hear or overhear their clear, light voices calling from desk to desk, young women whose fingers play casually over their documents, setting the incoming checks to one side, the thick computer reports to the other, tapping the correspondence into stacks while they sing to each other, not intending to sing... Read more »