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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado
23 Oxbow Dr.
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
United States


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Who is Bonnie?
Bonnie was born into the ranching lives of pioneer grandparents and Irish storytellers in Northern Montana.
Married as a teen, she completed two college degrees as a single mother, working as a waitress, a ranch cook, and chauffeur. Two more degrees were completed along the way.
She spent most of her adult life balancing college teaching, administration, and community service with a family to care for, her love of writing and nature to sustain her.
For ten years she taught middle school children to enjoy reading and writing.
For over thirty years, she taught college students to seek self-understanding through sharing their stories and confronting their issues.
She honors the numinous in all things natural ranging from the top of Cook's Peak to wild storms charging down the slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front.
Bonnie is the only Southwestern poet to be included in the collection which celebrates both the past and future of The Land of Enchantment.
Write to Bonnie via email or 23 Oxbow Dr., Silver City, NM 88061
Bonnie Buckley Maldonado
In April, 2012, Bonnie Buckley Maldonado was selected as the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Silver City/Grant County New Mexico. The selection committee for the Poet Laureate Program selected her for this honorary position for many reasons, among them her strong connections to the community, her tremendous skills as a poet and a teacher, and for her publication history and the literary awards she has received. She has been appointed for a two-year term during which she will conduct workshops, write commemorative poems about Silver City and and enhance the appreciation and presence of poetry.
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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, Silver City's first port laureate, reads one of her poems at the
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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado is a lifelong writer and long-time teacher of writing. She has resided in Southwestern New Mexico since 1959. She is a professor and dean emeritus in education and counseling, Western New Mexico University.
A Western woman, she possesses an abiding fascination for the rural west, its people and its landscapes.
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FACILITATOR BIO: Bonnie Maldonado is a Professor Emerita, WNMU; she is a past WILL Facilitator and an award-winning poet. She was chosen in Spring, 2012, as the first Silver City Poet Laureate. Facilitator: Bonnie Buckley Maldonado Enrollment Limit: 15 Date/Time: 4 Sessions. Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 22; 2:30-4:00 PM
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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado was introduced as Silver City's first ever poet laureate during Tuesday's Town Council meeting, where she read her poem Short Shorts and Mustard Weed.
SILVER CITY ---- The already vibrant local art scene got a little more colorful this week when Silver City's first ever poet laureate was introduced at Tuesday's Town Council meeting.
Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, who has lived in Silver City for 52 years, was selected by a seven-member committee to fill the two-year ceremonial position, in which she'll write numerous poems that represent the area's character as well as be responsible for implementing a community education program that emphasizes poetry and writing.
"I was both delighted and surprised to be selected," said Maldonado. "I love poetry, it's truly my passion at this point."
She joins two other poet laureates in New Mexico --- one in Santa Fe and another in Albuquerque, who is being inducted today. As the only poet laureate from the southwestern part of the state, Maldonado said she hopes to create poetry that can be distinguished from that of her northern counterparts, just like the region.
"The area"s different than northern New Mexico," Maldonado said. "I think the population here is very different. Because of the emphasis on the mines, I think the mining and ranching communities here created cultures unto themselves. Also, there's the close proximity to Mexico."
Maldonado, who used to be a professor and a dean at WNMU before she retired, said her poetry is free verse and tends to follow a narrative, usually one that focuses on those historical themes relevant to the Grant County community, like minorities, ranchers, miners and blue-collar workers. "I think that diversity is part of what makes writing about this area so fascinating," she said.
She attributes her ability to capture the area's spirit to her sense of place --- "of being able to be into where I am, to focus on it, to reflect it," and also her upbringing in Montana, which she said was similar to life in Southwestern New Mexico, particularly in regard to the solitude.
Maldonado's plans as far as the community education program involve workshops maybe through the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning that focus on poetry appreciation and giving people who would like to try poetry, but never have, the opportunity to do so. She said her 30 years of experience in education, including being a professor of education and psychology at WNMU, will come in handy with the workshops, which she hopes will encourage those who don't have poetry experience to give it a try.
"That's a big part of my goal," Maldonado said. "To create venues to invite people who wouldn't normally go to poetry events."
The committee in charge of selecting a poet laureate chose Maldonado out of three final nominees, citing her familiarity with Silver City and her numerous published works as the reason for her selection.
Maldonado has written four books, including "From the Marias River to the North Pole," "Montana, Too," "It's Only Raven Laughing" and "Too Personal for Words," and as been published in various anthologies, most notably in "Montana Women Writers: Geography of the Heart," which won the Willa Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2007.
The poets are Sharon Barr, Larry Godfrey, Maldonado, Tom McCoy, Sandy McKinney and Elise Stuart and the artists featured are Dorothy McCray, Christine Sandifur, Patrick Archer, Elvira Godfrey, Ouida Touchon and Joseph Wade Jr.
By Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, Silver City Poet Laureate
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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado is an award-winning poet. She was named the Willa Finalist by Women Writing the West for her 2010 publication, It's Only Raven Laughing: Fifty Years in the Southwest.
She resides in the mountains near Pinos Altos, New Mexico, with her husband and a collection of rescued dogs and cats. She is a retired professor and dean from Western New Mexico University.
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