The Kirkus Review likes Poor Will’s Almanack for 2017

The reviewer didn’t go along with Poor Will’s weather forecasts, but then he or she probably had a weather app. The rest of the Almanack did pretty well:

“Felker’s essays verge on poetry, and his reader stories are amusingly nostalgic. And his names for various moons throughout the months—such as the Robin Chorus moon and the Sweet Corn moon—remain an intriguing way to tie the passing of time to expected events in the natural world.

‘While the weather forecasts may be debatable, this almanac still features beautiful essays by the author and some useful details about seasonal events and gardening.”

Poor Will’s Almanack for 2017 is now available.IMG_0855

POOR WILL’S ALMANACK FOR 2017, A Guide to Living in Harmony with the Earth,  offers a variety of ways with which the reader can approach the natural year:

A description of the forty-eight phases of the year

A reflective essay by Bill Felker

The Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) Index

Notes on the phases of the moon, the sun’s position, the position of major planets, the stars and shooting stars

A calendar of feast days and holidays for farmers and ranchers

Suggestions for gardening and farming by the moon

A description of the major weather events of the year and how they are influenced by the moon

Stories by Poor Will’s readers

A calendar of blooming plants

A monthly phenology section that lists some of the endless connections between events in the natural world.

Since 1984, Poor Will’s Almanack by Bill Felker has provided a guide to living in harmony with the Earth. Bill’s weekly and monthly almanack columns currently appear in more than a dozen regional and national publications. Learn more about Bill Felker and the history of Poor Will’s Almanack »

You can hear Bill’s weekly radio segment on NPR station WYSO every Tuesday morning at 6:35 and 8:35 (EDT). You can listen to podcasts and read the almanack essays following the link on this site.

Visit to read Bill Felker’s latest essay, “Reflections on the Homely Laws of Phenology.”

Browse the Shop for the annual Poor Will’s Almanack for 2017 and back copies of previous almanacks,

Explore Bill’s Phenology Journal for descriptions of the many seasons of the year.

His Almanack Essays offer reflections on how his observations of natural phenomena have formed his personal philosophy.

His Daybook offers a record of common events in nature in and around his home in Yellow Springs, Ohio.