Karle Wilson Baker was Texas's most celebrated poet in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Arkansas in 1878, she moved to Nacogdoches in her early twenties and soon fell under the spell of her adopted state, writing about the role of Texans in the American drama. Writer Dorothy Scarborough praised Baker's attention to the details of ordinary lives, describing her as the "singer of quiet things." Baker's collection of poems Dreamers on Horseback was nominated for the 1931 Pulitzer Prize. More»

Statue of Karle Wilson Baker in front of Baker's family home in Nacogdoches. Photo by E. Lupfer.