The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

Genealogy by Gail Mazur | Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Of my ancestors I know little, and to try tracing them now would be absurd, their surnames reinvented, mangled at every gate. Was there, among their number, a hero? Were there heliographs, a silhouette, daguerreotypes, lost in the wolverine dark as they fled where they were unwanted for where they were unwanted? To me, it... Read more »

Holy Ghost by June Robertson Beisch | Monday, February 06, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The congregation sang off key. The priest was rambling. The paint was peeling in the Sacristy. A wayward pigeon, trapped in the church, flew wildly around for a while and then flew toward a stained glass window, but it didn’t look like reality. The ushers yawned, the dollar bills drifted lazily out of the collection... Read more »

To Jane: The Keen Stars Were Twinkling by Percy Bysshe Shelley | Saturday, February 04, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

      The keen stars were twinkling, And the fair moon was rising along them             Dear Jane!       The guitar was tinkling, But the notes were not sweet till you sung them       Again.       As the moon’s soft splendour O’ er the faint cold starlight of Heaven             Is thrown,       So your voice most tender To the strings without soul... Read more »