The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

My Love for All Things Warm and Breathing by William Kloefkorn | Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I have seldom loved more than one thing at a time, yet this morning I feel myself expanding, each part of me soft and glandular, and under my skin is. room enough now for the loving of many things, and all of them at once, these students especially, not only the girl in the yellow... Read more »

Flu Days by Peter Makuck | Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Shivering, you drag yourself, as if gun-shot, to the living room, to the old movie channel, to a Bogart festival, your mind fogged over (like the street on the screen) edging toward feverish sleep when Bogey snarls at Ida Lupino: “Of all the 14-carat saps…” Hours later when you wake, he’s smacking Peter Lorre: “When... Read more »

Three Songs at the End of Summer by Jane Kenyon | Monday, September 12, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

A second crop of hay lies cut and turned. Five gleaming crows search and peck between the rows. They make a low, companionable squawk, and like midwives and undertakers possess a weird authority. Crickets leap from the stubble, parting before me like the Red Sea. The garden sprawls and spoils. Across the lake the campers... Read more »