Jane Eaton Hamilton|
(July 19, 1954 - living) Canada
Writer and poet
She was born and grew up in Ontario, lived in St. Louis, Phoenix, NYC (where she worked in the World Trade Towers while briefly attending NYU), Alberta, the Kootenays and on Salt Spring Island before settling in Vancouver with her wife, Dr. Etsuko Joy Masuhara, and their two daughters, Sarah and Meghann, both of whom are now settled into lives of their own.
She and her partner were one of eight couples who challenged the British Columbia marriage laws for discriminating against same-sex couples. On May 1, 2003, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled in their favour, giving the federal and provincial governments until July 12, 2004 to change existing marriage laws. They met in 1993, and married June 28 2003 in Toronto.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of six books shortlisted for several literary awards including the BC Book Prize, The VanCity Book Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and, most recently, for her short story collection Hunger, the Ferro-Grumley Award for the best lesbian book of 2002 (also longlisted for the Lambda). She is also a photographer.
Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Maclean's, Canadian Gardening and Seventeen magazine as well as in numerous anthologies, and has won the Yellow Silk fiction award, the Paragraph fiction award, the Event non-fiction award, first prize in the Prism International fiction award (twice), the Belles Lettres essay award, the This Magazine fiction award, The Grain non-fiction award and The Canadian Poetry Chapbook Contest. As well, her story The Lost Boy took the first prize in the 2003 CBC Literary Awards and was broadcast on CBC Radio's Between the Covers April 12 2004, and her story Social Discourse: 1944 from the Missouri Review was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Her stories Graduation and Territory have appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology; her story Goombay Smash appeared in Best Canadian Short Stories. Hamilton's story How to Have Heart Disease (Without Really Trying) was cited as distinguished in the Best American Short Stories. Her story Death in One Another's Arms was cited in the Pushcart Prizes.
Her work has recently appeared in "The Spirit of Writing: Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life" edited by Mark Robert Waldman (Penguin Canada) and in The Writer's Presence 4e (Bedford/St. Martin's 2003) along with other US high school texts. It has also appeared in Fine Gardening, the Missouri Review and twice in the New Quarterly including as part of the Bad Men Who Love Jesus issue, and is recently out in Fine Gardening and the Alaska Quarterly Review.
Her work includes:
- Jessica's Elevator (1989)
- Body Rain (1991)
- July Nights and Other Stories (1992)
- Steam-Cleaning Love (1993)
- Going Santa Fe (1997)
- Hunger (2002)
- Joy and I separated (2011)