Garrison Keillor, born in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1942, is the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac. He graduated from the University of Minnesota (B.A., English and journalism, 1966) and has worked for Minnesota Public Radio since 1969, the same year he began writing for The New Yorker. His article about the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, published in the magazine in 1974 led to A Prairie Home Companion a few months later. It ran until 1987 and resumed in 1989 as The American Radio Company in New York, and finally moved back to St. Paul in 1993 and became A Prairie Home Companion again in 1993, a year after he moved the program to St. Paul. He wrote the screenplay of Robert Altman’s 2006 film A Prairie Home Companion; and he is the author of numerous books of fiction including Lake Wobegon Days (1985), We Are Still Married (1989), and Pontoon (2007), two collections of poetry, 77 Love Sonnets (2009) and O, What a Luxury (2013), and several children’s books; and he is the editor of three collections in the Good Poems series.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives with his wife Jenny Lind Nilsson in St. Paul and New York.
Garrison Keillor will be presenting a Master Class and giving a reading after receiving the Fitzgerald Award.