The Writer's Almanac

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

Recent Episodes

We’ll Always Have Parents by Mary Jo Salter | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It isn’t what he said in Casablanca and it isn’t strictly true. Nonetheless we’ll always have them, much as we have Paris. They’re in our baggage, or perhaps are baggage of the old-fashioned type, before the wheels, which we remember when we pack for Paris. Or don’t remember. Paris doesn’t know if you’re thinking of... Read more »

The Day We Visited New Orleans by Robert Bly | Friday, October 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

So much time has gone by! Napoleon’s house— He never came—still stands in the Quarter. Time ends all the good living that Louis the Sixteenth, after the trouble, never Experienced, all the sights Andrew Jackson never saw in Pirate’s Alley. Ask the alligators about heat and history. Out in the bayous we met a small... Read more »

One Ambition by Paul Hostovsky | Thursday, October 19, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

All I ever really wanted was to whistle with my fingers— I knew I would never be the one up on stage blowing everybody away with beauty, brilliance, virtuosity… But to be the lightning inside the thunderous applause, to have the audacity and the manual dexterity to make a siren screeching through a dark auditorium,... Read more »

Daughter by Lisel Mueller | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

My next poem will be happy, I promise myself. Then you come with your deep eyes, your tall jeans, your narrow hands, your wit, your uncanny knowledge, and your loneliness. All the flowers your father planted, all the green beans that have made it, all the world’s recorded pianos and this exhilarating day cannot change... Read more »