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 - Thursday, August 5, 2021
It’s the 87th birthday of poet, novelist, and environmentalist Wendell Berry. He believes that art is not the most important thing in life, and you must keep it in perspective.
The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, August 4, 2021
On this day in 1964 the bodies of three murdered civil rights workers were found in Mississippi. The murders influenced passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, August 3, 2021
"Much of our lives involves the word 'no….But art is the big yes. In art, you get a chance to make something where there was nothing." –Marvin Bell, poet, born 1937.
The Writer's Almanac - Monday, August 2, 2021
On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, not on the fourth of July as is popularly believed.
The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, August 1, 2021
It’s the birthday of Maria Mitchell, born in 1818. A devoted anti-slavery activist and suffragette, she became the first acknowledged female astronomer.
The Writer's Almanac - Saturday, July 31, 2021
Today is the birthday of poet Kim Addonizio, born in 1954. We feature her poem “High Desert, New Mexico.”