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Jane Eaton Hamilton (born July 19, 1954) is a Canadian short story writer, novelist, essayist and poet, who goes by "Hamilton" and uses they/their pronouns.

Jane Eaton Hamilton
Born (1954-07-19) July 19, 1954 (age 65)
Hamilton, ON
Occupationshort story writer, poet, visual artist, and photographer
Notable awardsCBC Literary Awards/Canada Writes, 2003/2014, first place, fiction

Hamilton has published the novel Weekend (Arsenal Pulp Press 2016), three books of poetry, Body Rain (Brick Books 1992) and Steam-Cleaning Love (Brick Books 1993), Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes (Caitlin Press, 2014), a poetry chapbook (Going Santa Fe, winner of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Chapbook prize) and two volumes of short fiction July Nights and Other Stories, (Douglas and McIntyre, 1991) and Hunger, (Oberon, 2001). They are also the author, under the pseudonymous name of Ellen Prescott, of the memoir Mondays are Yellow, Sundays are Grey retitled No More Hurt which was included on the Guardian's Best Book of the Year list and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Their books have been shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, the ReLit Award, the VanCity Award, the Pat Lowther Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, and the MIND Book Prize.

Their short work has appeared in such publications as En Route, The Sun, The New York Times, Maclean's, Geist, the Missouri Review, Salon,The Rumpus, The Globe and Mail and Seventeen. They have won many awards for her short work, including, twice, first prize in the CBC Literary Awards (2003/2014),[1] 2015's Lit Pop Prize, judged by George Saunders, twice first prize in the Prism International Short Story Award, Canadian Poetry Chapbook of the Year from the League of Canadian Poets, the event Non-Fiction Award, and many others. They have had Notable essays in BAE twice, and a Notable short story in BASS. Work is upcoming at Gay Magazine and BAX 2020.

They were a litigant in the Canadian same-sex marriage case between 2000-2003. They spent several years as a photographer and for years volunteered for the organization Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Hamilton is also a visual artist. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. They are also a Master Gardener.



Weekend, novel, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 ISBN 1551526352

Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes, poetry, Caitlin Press, 2014 ISBN 1927575575

No More Hurt, cnf, ebury/Random UK, 2011 ISBN 0091943337

Hunger, short fiction, Oberon Press 2002 ISBN 0-7780-1202-6 (hardcover) ISBN 0-7780-1203-4 (softcover)

Going Santa Fe, poetry, League of Canadian Poets, 1997, ISBN 1-896216-06-4

Steam-Cleaning Love, poetry, Brick Books, 1993, ISBN 0-919626-68-8'Jessica's Elevator, Press Porcépic

July Nights, short fiction, Douglas and McIntyre, 1992 ISBN 1-55054-015-7

Body Rain, poetry, Brick Books, 1991, ISBN 0-919626-50-5

Jessica's Elevator, children's picture book, Press Porcépic, 1989, as J.A. Hamilton ISBN 0-88878-281-0

Notable awardsEdit

Skinning the Rabbit, Notable, Best American Essays, 2018

Wish You Were Here Best Canadian Poetry, 2016

Never Say I Didn't Bring You Flowers, Notable, Best American Essays, 2016

Battery, Lit Pop fiction, 2015, winner (judge: George Saunders)

Smiley, CBC Canada Writes, fiction, 2014

The Lost Boy, CBC Literary Awards, first prize, fiction, 2003

Territory Journey Prize anthology, 1999

Goombay Smash Prism Int'l Short Fiction Prize, first, 1998, Best Canadian Stories, 1999

Graduation Journey Prize anthology, 1998

How to Have Heart Disease (Without Really Trying) notable, Best American Short Stories, 1997

Death in One Another's Arms story, cited, Pushcart Prize, 1989

Notable awards, BooksEdit

Weekend was longlisted for the ReLit Award

Going Santa Fe won the 1997 League of Canadian Poets Canadian Poetry Chapbook Award

July Nights was short-listed for the VanCity Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award in the BC Book Prizes

Body Rain was short-listed for the Pat Lowther Award

No More Hurt was shortlisted for the VanCity Award and the MIND book award

Hunger, 2003 Publishing Triangle Awards, Ferro Grumley Prize, finalist, longlisted Lambda Literary Award, 2004


  1. ^ "CBC Literary Awards - Winners". CBC Radio. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.

External linksEdit

  • Jane Hamilton's writing web site
  • [1] review, Weekend
  • [2] review, Weekend
  • [3] review, Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes
  • [4] review, Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes
  • [5] Infarct, I Did
  • [6] Smiley
  • [7] Battery
  • [8] Never Say I Didn't Bring You Flowers
  • [9] Canadian Poetry Online
  • [10] Anne Malcolm interview, Montreal, 2014
  • [11] Westwood Creative Artists