Literature: The Writer’s Almanac

Since I started living in the cabin, The Writer’s Almanac is one of the things I look forward to hearing each morning at 9:35 on KUNC, my local National Public Radio broadcasting station. I don’t know why I haven’t been turned on to this program previously—I don’t think I ever heard it before I came into KUNC range. The first time I heard The Writer’s Almanac a few weeks ago, I was driving in my car and flipped to the station just in time to catch Garrison Keillor reading William Wordsworth’s “Daffodils.” For those of you who know me—a fan of all things British Romantic—this moment had me hooked. Now I hover around my radio until the program begins, and then of course I have to sit there in deep, silent thought for a few minutes after it’s over. Maybe public radio poetry is becoming, like, my form of prayer.

The Writer’s Almanac is a five-minute radio program that begins with Garrison Keillor offering some important milestones for the day—birthdays of famous writers, for example, or the day’s important historical events. He reads a poem, offers some closing comments, and then always says: “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

In the past few weeks, I’ve been introduced to the poetry of new writers and reconnected with some of my favorite voices. Keillor reads a range of poetry—classic, experimental, modern, brand-new. If you haven’t yet become a devotee of The Writer’s Almanac, now is a good time to start tuning in. You can listen to the day’s audio on The Writer’s Almanac website: and even download a daily podcast.

Today’s poem? “Flannery’s Angel” by Charles Wright. Check it out at

Photo credit: National Public Media


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