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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.

The Writer's Almanac Prairie Home Productions

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    • 4.8 • 891 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 Writers Almanac for Sunday, May 29, 2022

    The Writers Almanac for Sunday, May 29, 2022

    Today is the birthday of President John F. Kennedy, born in 1917. He said to his fellow Americans “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Saturday, May 28, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Saturday, May 28, 2022

    Today is the birthday of the man who created James Bond, novelist Ian Fleming, born in London, England in 1908.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Friday, May 27, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Friday, May 27, 2022

    It’s the birthday of the American poet who once said, “The public needs poetry; I need poetry, to help celebrate and console.” Linda Pastan, born in 1932.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, May 26, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, May 26, 2022

    Today is the birthday of photographer Dorothea Lange, 1895, whose photo “Migrant Mother” is one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    “People tend to blame a writer for writing something they’re too stupid to understand.” – Jamaica Kincaid, celebrating her 73rd birthday today.

    • 5 min
    The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky, poet, born on this day in 1940.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
891 Ratings

891 Ratings

Teddy Nicholas ,

Please keep making these

I have been listening to TWA since my college years ago wayyy back when dinosaurs roamed the earth before Twitter even came about—and it fell off my radar because life happens, you know? But I rediscovered it a few years back and it still hits me on some level that no other podcast has except for maybe The Moth and Poetry Unbound. I need poetry and what I deeply love is GK’s voice and readings of these poems. Please keep making these because it keeps me going in so many ways. This is so important to me that I am even taking the time out of my laughably not-busy schedule to sit uncomfortably on my Goodwill bought sofa in between bites of the dinner I prepared for myself and my elderly mother to write this review just to show how desperately I depend upon this podcast! If it wasn’t for this podcast, I probably wouldn’t even listen to podcasts! So please please please update this.

RowlandG ,

Sanity in a Crazy World!

I love hearing this gift from Mr. Keillor everyday! So interesting and a wonderful perspective on writing and history!

unhappy buyer tx ,

Thank you GK

Garrison , you are greatly loved.

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