John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950) was an American writer about art and a poet. He was the first Southern poet to win a Pulitzer Prize, according to poets.org. At one point, he lived in England, where he was acquainted with writer Ezra Pound and later returned to Arkansas where he lived with his wife, children’s book author Charlie May Simon. A public library in Central Arkansas was named for him. It is in Little Rock, at 823 North Buchanan Street. Little Rock has a population of approximately 200,000 residents.

To read poetry by Fletcher and other poets of his day, such as D.H. Lawrence, go to www.gutenberg.org and select the Some Imagist Poets e-book. Then go to page 39 to see a poem he wrote about London.

For the trail, check out John Gould Fletcher Library (Little Rock). The Johnswood Home of John Gould Fletcher and Charlie May Simon was under consideration for historical landmark status, but it does not appear to be open to the public.

The John Gould Fletcher Library is the fourth stop on our Arkansas Trail!

Patricia Smart