Mark B. Hamilton


Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 218-2388

Author's Bio

Mark B. Hamilton has published poetry, short fiction, journalism, creative non-fiction, and academic research. His credentials include the MFA in poetry from the Writers Workshop, University of Montana, along with a MA and BA in Comparative Literature, San Diego State University. He has taught creative writing, composition and literature for twenty years at universities in the mid-west, most notably Ball State University and Missouri Western State University. He is proud to have served two environmental publications: as editor of Words On Wilderness, University of Montana, and as editor-in-chief of Groundwork: a natural incentive, Ball State University. He is the founder and was the director of Native America Day, Missouri Western State University. A chapbook, "100 Miles of Heat," was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. Recent poems have appeared in About Place Journal, Albatross, The Listening Eye, Ship of Fools, Slipstream, Written River, and We Proceeded On, and abroad in Oxford Poetry, UK, and Poetry Salzburg Review, Austria. He continues to write, research, and offer public poetry readings, and remains available for short-term academic positions.

Publications & Prizes

Summer Shade: A Collection of Modern Poetry (Quill Books, 2001)
Heron Anthology (Adrienne Lee Press, 1996)
Confronting the Basilisk (Ball State University Press, 1994)
Earth Songs (University of Western Florida, 1993)
100 Miles of Heat (Finishing Line Press, 2017)
Abiko Quarterly
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Hopewell Review
Light Quarterly
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Oxford Poetry
Phase & Cycle
Poet Magazine
Poetry Greece
Salzburg Poetry Review
The Listening Eye
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Mark B. Hamilton's poetry has been recognized by national and state awards, including: the Panhandler National Chapbook Award for "Earth Songs,", the Indiana Governor's Award, the Chardon, OH, National Anthology award, and two NEA Indiana State awards for hosting Visiting Artists. He has been awarded a Matthew Hansen Endowment for Wilderness Studies, a literary fellowship at UCROSS Foundation, a readership at the Antiquarian Society, an honorary residency at the Center for Art & Ecology, and an honorary Visiting Faculty Post in Research, Dept. of History, Portland State University. His community service for youth and his scholarship in American Studies and the Lewis and Clark era have earned monetary grants from universities, foundations, and private corporations. He has been recognized by local, state, and national organizations for his research and writings along the Lewis and Clark Expedition route, which he traced on their approximate time-table, traveling as they did by paddle and pack mule, a 2 1/2 year, 6.400 mile journey. In 2015, his poetry volume: "OYO: The Beautiful River, an environmental narrative," was a semi-finalist for the Washington Prize. In 2017, a second chapbook, "100 Miles of Heat," was one of the contest entries chosen for publication by Finishing Line Press.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Many and growing.
What I'm reading now: 
Early American Poetry: 16th & 17th Century by various, Early American Poetry: 19th Century by various, Selected Works of prose and poetry by Seamus Heany, Complete Poems by Paublo Neruda, Selected Poems by Rilke, Selected Poems by William Wordsworth

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European American
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Born in: 
Hartford, CT
Raised in: 
North Granby, CT
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Last update: May 23, 2019