Local author Bonnie Rucobo, editor of Word Sculptures in the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Garden, talks about sculpture and sculptors featured in her new book with an audio visual slideshow. Come learn more about local art on Small Business Saturday!
Bonnie K. Rucobo is an Albuquerque poet, children’s author, and photographer. Born in Washington, D.C., she received a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After graduation she worked for Public Radio Stations in Corvallis, Oregon, and LaCrosse, Wisconsin, as a reporter and news director. Her features and political pieces were aired on National Public Radio.
She attended law school at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, and interned at Fair Employment Practices, a state agency working against discrimination in employment and housing. She has worked as a Rating Specialist for the Veterans Administration in San Francisco and Oakland. Relocating to Albuquerque in 1998, Rucobo served as a political science instructor at the College of Santa Fe at Albuquerque and an English instructor at New Mexico Community College. She assumed the position of Human Rights Analyst for the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Office in 2004 educating citizens about their civil rights. There she wrote three nonfiction books for middle grade students on African American, Native American, and Jewish heritage in New Mexico.
Rucobo is the author of two award-winning children’s books published by The Wildflower Press of Albuquerque, including King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol. Her poetry has been anthologized in many publications, and she has served as President of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, a group of more than one hundred poets living throughout the state. She leads the New Mexico State Poetry Society’s Poets in the Classroom project which brings forty poets into three Albuquerque elementary schools each spring. She has served as a Museum and Sculpture Garden docent at the Albuquerque Museum for the past five years.