Eaton Hamilton is the author of 10 books/chapbooks of cnf, fiction and poetry, including the 2016 novel WEEKEND. The Vancouver Sun called WEEKEND a “tour de force. Remarkable.” Publishers Weekly called it “propulsive.” Eaton Hamilton goes by “Hamilton.”
Hamilton’s books have been shortlisted for the MIND Book Award, the BC Book Prize, the VanCity Award, the Pat Lowther Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award. Their memoir was one of the UK Guardian’s Best Books of the Year and a Sunday Times bestseller. They are the two-time winner of Canada’s CBC Literary Award for fiction (2003/2014). They’ve had a notable in BASS and BAE (2016) and have appeared in The Journey Prize, Best Canadian Short Stories and Best Canadian Poetry. Their work has also appeared in publications such as LARB, Guernica Magazine (US), Salon, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review, The Sun and the NY Times along with many other places. They have been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and BC Arts Council.
Hamilton edits for Many Gendered Mothers and is a frequent jury member for literature awards.
They have been a judge for publishing grants, the BC Book Prizes, the Alberta Book Prize, QWF, The Writer’s Trust Dayne Ogilvie Award, and many more, and a writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House.
A photographer and painter, Hamilton’s photography has hung on display at Kew Gardens, UK and won many awards.
A queer activist, they were one of Canada’s litigants in the same-sex marriage case. They are also known for speaking out on disability rights and against violence towards women and children. They live near Vancouver, where their hobbies are gardening, dancing and trying to learn languages.
L: Saskatoon, 2014; R: North by Northwest, CBC, 2014