Carol Hamilton is a writer and storyteller born in Enid, Oklahoma and graduated from Midwest City High School. She has a BS degree from Phillips University and an MA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. She lived in Connecticut, Scotland, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana before returning to Oklahoma. She taught elementary school in North Haven, Connecticut, Indianapolis Indiana, and Tinker Elementary on Tinker AFB and helped develop and teach for the last 12 years of her public school career in the elementary gifted school for Mid-Del Schools, the Academic Center for Enrichment. She was Teacher of the Year for Mid-Del Schools in 1982.
She taught in the English Department of Rose State College for 10 years and 7 years on the graduate faculty of the Creative Studies Division of the English Department for the University of Central Oklahoma. She has also taught Spanish, astronomy, and creative writing in continuing education programs for Rose State College, Oasis, the Vo-Tech System, and other programs. She translates for an Oklahoma City health clinic for women and children and often goes as a translator for medical teams working in Third World countries. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Oklahoma for 2007.
She was Poet Laureate of Oklahoma 1995-97 and received the Oklahoma Book Award for a chapbook of poetry, ONCE THE DUST, in 1992. She received a Southwest Book Award in 1988 for a children’s novel, THE DAWN SEEKERS and a Cherubim Award for another children’s novel, THE MYSTERY OF BLACK MESA. Other published books are, LEGENDS OF POLAND, LEGERDEMAIN (Finalist for Oklahoma Book Award, 2001), DESERTS, DRY PLACES AND OTHER ARIDITIES, DARING THE WIND, BREAKING BREAD, BREAKING SILENCE (Winner of the Chiron Chapbook Award, 2000); GOLD: GREATEST HITS( Pudding House Invitational Series); I, PEOPLE OF THE LLANO and a new children's novel, I'M NOT FROM NEPTUNE, and VANISHING POINT (Editor's Choice Chapbook from Main Street Rag Press. Recent releases from Finishing Line Press are SHOTS ON and CONTRAPUNTAL, both finalists for Oklahoma Book Award. New poetry chapbooks are UMBERTO ECO LOST HIS GUN from Pudding House, Finalist for Oklahoma Book Award, MASTER OF THEATER: PETER THE GREAT from Finishing Line Press, LEXICOGRAPHY from March Street Press.
She has published stories, articles and poetry in magazines including Commonweal, The Christian Science Monitor, Sojourners, Greensboro Review, Cape Rock, Roanoke Review, Defined Providence, Kit Kat Review, Skylark, Onionhead, Arizona Quarterly, Abbey, Pudding, Hawaii Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Windsor Review, ReVista Interamericana, Horizontes, Amelia, Potpourri, Chariton Review, Aura Literary and Arts Review, Oklahoma Today.
Recent publications have been in Tulane Review, White Wall Review, slipstream, San Pedro River Review, South Carolina Review, Poet Lore, Atlanta Review, Pinyon, Southern Poetry Review, World Literature Today, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Primavera, New Orleans Review, Nimrod, New York Quarterly, California Quarterly, Mad Poets Review, Karamu, Cider Press Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Ibbetson Street, Baltimore Review, Xavier Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, PoetryBay, Aries, Potomac Review, Main Street Rag, Westview, MacGuffin, Kalliope, Spoon River Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, Poetry Motel, Phoebe, Leapings, Cumberland Poetry Review, River King, P.D.Q., International Poetry Review, Porcupine Magazine, Pearl, Albatross, Taproot Literary Review, Flint Hills Review, The Aurorean, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Karamu, River Oak Review, Southwest American Literature, Literature and Belief, Sunstone, Chaffin Poetry Journal, New Zoo Poetry Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Homestead Review, Lyric, Hawaii Pacific Review, Abbey, Impetus, Chrysalis Reader, White Pelican, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Avocet, Listening Eye, Willard and Maple, and others.
She has won the Byline Literary Awards for both short story and poetry and has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize. She received the David Ray Poetry Award in 2000 and the 2002 Warren Keith Wright Prize for Poetry. She has been featured poet in Voices International, Piecework, Chiron Review, Potpourri, Westview, Drury's Gazette, Newsletter Inago, and Prisa.