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Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

Inaugural Poet Laureate

Silver City Sun-News


Southwest Festival

Facilitator and An Poet

The Western Institute for Lifelong Learning

Book Publishing Specialist

Wheatmark Inc

Family Facilitator

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Dean and Professor Emeritus
Western New Mexico University


Aldo Leopold High School

college degrees




social services and counseling


teacher education and counseling

Western New Mexico University

doctoral degree

Boston University


counseling psychology

New Mexico State University

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Western Institute for Lifelong Learning - SUMMER 2012 COURSES [cached]

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

My early appreciation for the written word was nurtured by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado (now Silver City's first Poet Laureate), during four years as her pupil at the Teacher Education Center in the 1960s. This small teacher training school, operated by WNMU, encouraged individualized learning and out-of-the box thinking for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Bonnie began each school day by reading aloud from books that included the Tolkien trilogy, long before that series became popular.
Bonnie Buckley Maldonado
Bonnie Buckley Maldonado has resided in Southwestern New Mexico since 1959. She is a dean and professor emeritus at Western New Mexico University
She was born into a pioneer Montana ranching family. Hers is an abiding respect for the rural West and its people, particularly the strong women for whom no task was too difficult to attempt, no work ethic too demanding.
In 1998, she was inducted into the New Mexico Women's Hall of Fame for her contributions to the people of New Mexico, particularly in the areas of mental health and domestic violence.
She is the author of four volumes of poetry.
Regarding her relationship with words, Bonnie says, "My own life can be reduced to short poems awakening me with laughter in the middle of the night; others to sustain me when darkness descends."
She lives in the mountains near Silver City, N.M. with her husband, Librado and a bevy of rescue animals. She may be contacted at
Poems were submitted from poets all over the state, including our own Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, who was the only contributor from Southwestern New [...]

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Maldonado was Silver City poet laureate 2012-14

Poet Bonnie Buckley Maldonado has been named the WILLA Literary Award Winner in Poetry for her book, "The Seceret Lives of Us Kids: A Childhood Poet Bonnie Buckley Maldonado has been named the WILLA Literary Award Winner in Poetry for her book, "The Seceret Lives of Us Kids: A Childhood Memoir, 1941-1942.
SILVER CITY >> Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, a local poet, has been named the WILLA Literary Award Winner in Poetry for her book "The Secret Lives of Us Kids: A Childhood Memoir, 1941-1942."
The book was published by Farcountry Press in 2014. Maldonado served as Silver City's inaugural poet laureate from 2012-14.
"This is a great honor for me," Maldonado said on Thursday.
Maldonado was born into the ranching lives of pioneer grandparents and Irish storytellers in Northern Montana.
She has resided in Southwestern New Mexico since 1959. She is a professor and dean emeritus in education and counseling, Western New Mexico University.
Maldonado possesses an abiding fascination for the rural west, its people and its landscapes - a fascination that shines through in earlier books such as "It's Only Raven Laughing," which was awarded the WILLA Literary Award for Poetry Finalist by Women Writing the West, and her newest, "The Secret Lives of Us Kids," which depicts the lives of four children marooned in a harsh Montana oilfield at the beginning of World War II, according to the website,
Maldonado was the inaugural Silver City Poet Laureate and is the dedicatee of the 2015 Southwest Festival of the Written Word.
Maldonado's work will also be featured during the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, which will be held in Silver City from Oct.2-4.
The Silver City Virus Theatre will present a performance piece based on the poetry of Maldonado at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 in WNMU's Webb Theater.
This piece will also be performed at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Webb Theater.
Both performances are open to the public, free of charge.
Maldonado said she is excited about the proposed performance piece.
"I have no idea what they are going to do," she said.

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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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