Novelist Ellen Gilchrist writes about Fayetteville, Arkansas, “this small town that I love,” in the November issue of Smithsonian Magazine.
“Fayetteville now has 62,000 people, but it still seems like the much smaller place I found when I was 40 years old and adopted as my home. I had driven up into the northwest Arkansas hills to spend a semester in the writing program at the University of Arkansas, where I now teach. The moment I left the flatlands and began to climb into the Ozark Mountains, I fell in love with the place. There is a welcoming naturalness to the land, and it is reflected in the people. I immediately felt at home in Fayetteville and I still feel that way. Even when I didn't know everyone in town, I felt like I knew them.” – from “My Kind of Town,” by Ellen Gilchrist, Smithsonian Magazine