Carol Hamilton’s list of accolades includes Poet Laureate of Oklahoma 1995-97, the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry chapbook Once the Dust in 1992, a Southwest Book Award in 1988 for a children’s novel, The Dawn Seekers and a Cherubim Award for children’s novel, The Mystery of Black Mesa. That is, however, but a small part of this great-grandmother’s story.

Hamilton will read from recent poetry chapbook Umberto Eco Lost His Gun at the Second Sunday Poetry Reading on June 12 in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones. The free reading will begin at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

A writer and storyteller born in Enid, Oklahoma, Hamilton graduated from Midwest City High School, has a BS degree from Phillips University and an MA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. She helped develop the elementary gifted school and the Academic Center for Enrichment for Mid-Del Schools and was Mid-Del Schools Teacher of the Year in 1982.

Hamilton taught in the English Department of Rose State College for 10 years, and 7 years on the graduate faculty of the Creative Studies Division of the English Department for the University of Central Oklahoma. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Oklahoma for 2007.

Hamilton has also taught Spanish, astronomy, and creative writing in continuing education programs for Rose State College, Oasis, the Vo-Tech System, and other programs. She translates for an Oklahoma City health clinic for women and children and often goes as a translator for medical teams working in Third World countries. 

The list of her publications and awards is amazing. Recent releases include Shots On and Contrapuntal, both finalists for the Oklahoma Book Award, and poetry chapbook Umberto Eco Lost His Gun, from which Hamilton will read. Master of Theater: Peter the Great is to be released in September.

Second Sunday Poetry Readings are a program of The Performing Arts Studio located in the Norman Depot. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. For further information about PAS programs phone 405-307-9320. For further information about Carol Hamilton visit www.carolhamilton.org.