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
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.
has resided in Southwestern New Mexico since 1959.
She is a professor and dean emeritus in education and counseling, Western New Mexico University.
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, swwordfiesta.org.
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
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.
is excited about the proposed performance piece.
"I have no idea what they are going to do," she