The Writer's Almanac is a daily podcast of poetry and historical interest pieces, usually of literary significance. Each day's offering is five minutes long and contains "on this day in history" information as well as an accessible poem.
The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, September 30, 2020
It's the birthday of W.S. Merwin (1927-2019), who asked that his Pulitzer Prize money be given to a painter who was blinded by police in a 1969 Berkeley protest.
The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, September 29, 2020
It's the birthday of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), who said, "I do not see why the public have any more to do with me than buy or reject the ware I supply to them.”
The Writer's Almanac - Monday, September 28, 2020
On this date in 1918, a parade to sell war bonds resulted in an epidemic of the "Spanish flu" that caused mass death in Philadelphia.
The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, September 27, 2020
It's the 75th birthday of Kay Ryan (1945), who said, "Poems should leave you feeling freer and not more burdened."
The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, September 26, 2020
It's the birthday of composer George Gershwin (1898-1937), whose piece “An American in Paris” featured accompaniment written for taxi horns.
The Writer's Almanac - Friday, September 25, 2020
On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice, appointed by President Reagan.
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