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Maureen & Neil
Maureen & Neil Hamilton

Maureen Hamilton

Maureen has been a featured evening performer at the Lubbock Gathering, performed at the Wickenburg Christmas Gathering, Southwest Stock Show Gathering, and many other venues in the rural west.  Because of her academic credentials in Southwest history, Maureen has often partipated in events with a more academic/historical slant.  At Lubbock, she was featured reader, academic presenter, and moderated the Texas Tech panel, Cowgirls in the American West. Keeping livestock limits acceptance of invitations such as to speak at the (Buffalo Bill) Cody Museum in Cody, Wyoming, and the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage) in Los Angeles, but Neil and Maureen still love to reenact, present historical lectures in costume, and share the occasional cowgirl poem..

How did an "English rider" become a cowgirl poet? When she and husband Neil went to their very first cowboy poetry gathering that freezing-cold January in Elko, Nevada, they acquired two surprising interests:  Neil in poetry (like a lot of guys, cowboy or not, he thought poetry was fine for a Mother’s day card but to attend a weekend full of it….no way) and Maureen for trying her hand at writing a cowgirl poem.

The result, Jake, melds traditional cowboy values with roping a tapir.  Neither Maureen nor her poetry are routine or predictible. From a self-described intolerance for anything not connected with English riding, she evolved into a renaissance equestrian, expanding her interest to all aspects of the equestrian world, became the better professional  for it, and wrote a poem about it.

Over the past thirty years, Maureen and Neil have been involved in many aspects of the equestrian business, from huge cattle ranches to 200+ stall show barns, backyard riders to aspiring team members, until retiring to Mountainair, NM, with their longears (donkeys and mules).



Mule Art by Barbara East
for more information about the Poets & Writers Picnic or the Poetry Writing Workshop, contact Dale Harris, 505-242-4930


Manzano Mountain Art Council / The Art Center of Mountainair / Studio & Gallery Tour / Chautauqua



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