Jane Eaton Hamilton

Author: Jane Eaton Hamilton

Profile: Jane Eaton Hamilton is a Canadian short story writer, visual artist, novelist, poet and photographer. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She goes by ‘Hamilton’ and uses they / their pronouns. Jane Eaton Hamilton has authored nine books of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry including, Weekend (2016) novel. Their memoir has been UK Guardian’s, Sunday Times bestseller and Best Books of the Year. A number of publications including, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Sun and the NY Times have published their work.

Jane edits for Many Gendered Mothers. They mentor new queer writers, are on the Equity Task Force of the Writer’s Union of Canada, have been judges for juries like The Writer’s Trust Dayne Ogilve Award, the BC Book Prizes, QWF, the Alberta Book Prize and the writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House. Jane’s painting and photography work has hung at Kew Gardens, UK. They have been one of the litigants in the same-sex marriage case in Canada. They are popular for speaking out against violence towards queer people and women and on disability rights. They reside near Vancouver.

Between the years 2000-2003, Jane Eaton Hamilton has been a litigant in the same-sex marriage case in Canada. They volunteered for years for the organization, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and also worked as photographer. Hamilton is a visual artist also. Together they have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Besides this they are a Master Gardener also.

Writing style:

Published Texts:


2026 –Weekend (novel)

2014 – Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes (Poetry)

2011 – No More Hurt

2002 – Hunger (short fiction)

1997 – Going Santa Fe (Poetry)

1993 – Steam-Cleaning Love (Poetry)

1992 – July Nights (short fiction)

1991 – Body Rain (poetry)

1989 – Jessica’s Elevator (children’s picture book)


Awards and Acknowledgements:


2018 – Skinning the Rabbit, Notable, Best American Essays

2016 – Wish You Were Here, Best Canadian Poetry

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

2015 – Battery, Lit Pop fiction, winner

2014 – Smiley, CBC Canada Writes, fiction

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

1999 – Territory Journey Prize anthology

1999 – Gloombay Smash Prism Int’l Short Fiction Prize, first, Best Canadian Stories

1998 – Graduation Journey Prize anthology

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

1989 – Death in One Another’ Arms story, cited, Pushcart Prize


Notable Awards


Weekend was long-listed 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 shortlisted 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