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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.

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    • 4.8 • 750 Ratings

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 - Friday, April 23, 2021

    The Writer's Almanac - Friday, April 23, 2021

    William Shakespere is believed to have been born on this day in 1564. He gave us the phrases "dead as a doornail," "come what may," "heart's content,” and "wild goose chase."

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, April 22, 2021

    The Writer's Almanac - Thursday, April 22, 2021

    “Writing is a kind of revenge against circumstance too: bad luck, loss, pain. If you make something out of it, then you’ve no longer been bested by these events.”-- Louise Glück (1943

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    The Writer's Almanac - Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Today is the 105th birthday of Charlotte Brontë, author of “Jane Eyre” and the last of the literary Brontë siblings to walk this earth.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    The Writer's Almanac - Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Today we feature the poem “I Can’t Stop Loving You John Keats” by Kim Addonizio, from her new collection “Now We’re Getting Somewhere.”

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Monday, April 19, 2021

    The Writer's Almanac - Monday, April 19, 2021

    On this day in 1824, British poet Lord Byron died while fighting in the Greek War of Independence. A romantic poet, playboy, rogue, Byron’s spirit lives on in the poetic imagination.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, April 18, 2021

    The Writer's Almanac - Sunday, April 18, 2021

    It’s birthday of the man who inspired the word "beatnik," poet Bob Kaufman. A man who aspired to be forgotten and was frequently arrested for shouting his poetry in public.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
750 Ratings

750 Ratings

Joe the Guide ,

Fear of loss

I could not get today’s episode (April 21, 2021) and I hope this is a glitch that will be over by tomorrow. I look forward to the Writer’s Almanac each day. Outstanding and always a good way to start my day.

Torchmini ,

Decades of Enrichment

I’ve done my best to hear this every day for many years. I’m glad to have found it again on the Podcast scene. Garrison has a perfect voice and tone for poetry and he makes the most out of it each time these little jewels come out.

AWsomeAnnArborite ,

A bright few moments each morning!

So happy to learn about this podcast—Billy Collins mentioned it on his live get together on Facebook. (And learned about Mr. Collins activities from Diane Rehm’s podcast!) I always listened to Prairie Home Companion on NPR and now find Garrison’s voice very calming during this “Year of the COVID.”

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