Carol Hamilton is a former teacher in Connecticut, Indiana, and Oklahoma. She taught in the English Department at Rose State College and on the graduate faculty of the writing program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007. She has won a Southwest Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, Cherubim Award, Pegasus Award, Chiron Review Chapbook Award, David Ray Poetry Prize, the Byline Literary Awards for both short story and poetry, and the Warren Keith Poetry Prize. She has published seventeen books of poetry, legends, and children’s novels. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize seven times.