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

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My Father Was a Young Man Then by Maria Mazziotti Gillan | Friday, February 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Only 16, when he came from Italy alone, moved into the Riverside neighborhood full of Italians from Cilento—all of whom spoke the same dialect, so it was as though they had transported those mountain villages to Paterson. At first, America was terrifying, English, a language they could not master, but my father was a young... Read more »