It's always nice to see a bit of class and theater here in East Texas.  You would think this place was mostly rodeos and monster truck shows, but every now and then we impart some culture.  The Friends off Historic Nacogdoches are putting on a one act play about a unique woman in Nacogdoches past.  Poet Karle Wilson Baker was an extraordinary woman and really something to make everyone here proud of our past.

She was nominated for The Pulitzer prize for poetry and her life here in the 20's and 30's is what the play focuses on.  Local Performer Linda Thorsen Bond will bring to life the writings of Karle Wilson Baker, based on research by Sarah R. Jackson.  The one-woman play is to fund the next bronze sculpture of the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc.

Baker received more recognition and honors than any female poet in Texas. She taught contemporary poetry at SFA from 1924-1934 and wrote "The Texas Flag Primer," "Two Little Texans," "The Birds of Tanglewood," Pulitzer Prize-nominated "Dreamers on Horseback" and Book of the Month Club selection, "Star of the Wilderness.  As a charter member of the Institute of Letters, the Poetry Society of Texas and the Philosophical Society of Texas, she was the first female named a Fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters. Her first four books were published by the Yale University Press and she was awarded  an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Southern Methodist University in 1924.

Performances are Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at Cole Art Center, 329 East Main in downtown Nacogdoches. Tickets are $15 each and benefit the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches' historic sculpture project.

 

For ticket details call 936-553-8639 or email fohni@yahoo.com