Albums APHC Clips Audio Events Prairie Home Archives Songs Writer's Almanac
Writer's Almanac

To subscribe to the daily Writer’s Almanac email, click here >>>

To listen to archived episodes of The Writer’s Almanac from before 2017, click here >>>

• • • • •

This is a free, daily program produced by the same small media company that brought you A Prairie Home Companion.

To help us continue to produce The Writer’s Almanac, please consider “buying” a donation here >>>

Checks may be made out to Prairie Home Productions, LLC and mailed to:

Prairie Home/TWA
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

(Note: donations to LLCs are not tax-deductible)

• • • • •

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 24, 2021

“One breath taken completely; one poem, fully written, fully read — in such a moment, anything can happen.” –Jane Hirshfield, born in New York City on this day, 1953.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 23, 2021

It was on this day in 1954 that the first inoculation of 137 children for polio began with the vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk. “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.”

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 22, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 22, 2021

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born this day in 1892. Her poem, “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why” is featured in honor of her birthday.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, February 21, 2021

Today is the birthday of W.H. Auden (1907). “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, February 20, 2021

It’s the birthday of Richard Matheson (1926), writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels and television. His work influenced and inspired writers such as Anne Rice and Stephen King.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, February 19, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, February 19, 2021

“A poem is a window that hangs between two or more human beings who otherwise live in darkened rooms.” — Stephen Dobyns, who celebrates his 80th birthday today.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 18, 2021

Today would have been the 90th birthday of Toni Morrison (1931), who published her first novel The Bluest Eye when she was 39 years old.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

“For a writer, the best way to speak is by writing. You will find everything I need to say in my works. Speech is carried off by the wind; the written word can never be obliterated.” –Mo Yan, born on this day in 1955.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 16, 2021

It’s the 281st birthday of printer Giambattista Bodoni, who designed over 300 typefaces. One of these, Bodoni, is found on most word processors today.

Read More
The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 15, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 15, 2021

Twenty years ago today a working draft of the human genome was published in the journal Nature. Two years later the Human Genome Project was completed and made available to the public.

Read More