Carol Hamilton is a writer and storyteller born in Enid, Oklahoma. She has an MA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. She taught in the English Department of Rose State College for 10 years and for 7 years was 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. Other awards include, Poet Laureate of the state of Oklahoma from 1995 to 1997, a Southwest Book Award in 1988 for a children’s novel, The Dawn Seekers, Cherubim Award for another children’s novel, The Mystery of Black Mesa, Byline Literary Awards for both short story and poetry, the David Ray Poetry Award in 2000, and the Warren Keith Wright Prize for Poetry in 2000.