Jane Eaton Hamilton

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Jane Eaton Hamilton
Born (1954-07-19) July 19, 1954 (age 62)
Hamilton, ON
Occupation short story writer, poet, visual artist, and photographer
Nationality Canadian
Citizenship Canadian
Notable awards CBC Literary Awards/Canada Writes, 2003/2014, first place, fiction
Children 2

Jane Eaton Hamilton (born July 19, 1954) is a Canadian short story writer, visual artist, poet and photographer.

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). She is 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. Her books have been shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, the VanCity Award, the Pat Lowther Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, and the MIND Book Prize, UK.

Her short work has appeared in such publications as En Route, The New York Times, Maclean's, Geist, the Missouri Review, Salon,The Rumpus, and Seventeen. She has won many awards for her short work, including, twice, first prize in the CBC Literary Awards (2003/2014),[1] 2015's Lit Pop Prize, 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.

She was a litigant in the Canadian same-sex marriage case between 2000-2003. She 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. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Jane Eaton Hamilton is also a Master Gardener.


Weekend, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 ISBN 1551526352

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notable awards[edit]

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, Books[edit]

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

Notable awards, Grants[edit]

Canada Council, 2017

BC Arts Council, 2017

Canada Council, 2014

BC Arts Award, 2014

Canada Council, 2003

BC Arts Award, 2003

BC Arts Award, 2000

Canada Council, 2000

BC Cultural Services Project Assistance, 1998

BC Cultural Services Project Assistance, 1997

Canada Council, non-fiction, 1994

Canada Council, fiction, 1993

BC Cultural Services Professional Development 1993

BC Cultural Services Project Assistance 1992

Ontario Arts Council Writer’s Reserve 1987-1996 (when BC writers were no longer eligible)

Canada Council Explorations 1985


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

External links[edit]

  • 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