Diana Hamilton



Diana Hamilton is the author of three books—God Was Right (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Awful Truth (Golias Books), and Okay, Okay (Truck Books)—and four chapbooks. She writes poetry, fiction, and criticism about style, crying, shit, kisses, dreams, fainting, writing, and re-reading. You can walk through audio recordings of her dreams in the first-person shooter by Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford, Diana Hamilton's Dreams (Gauss PDF). Her poetry and critical writing have also appeared (or are forthcoming) in Works Off Paper (The Printed Room at SALTS), Art in America, Triangle House, frieze, The Believer, Amodern, Tender, Revue svetovej literatúry, Lambda Literary, Social Text Journal, BOMB, and Prelude, among others. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, and she currently works as the Director of Baruch College’s Writing Center.


(forthcoming 2018)

Ugly Duckling Presse

video game by Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford / Essay on DHD @ Kill Screen by Daniel Fries / On PC Gamer's free games of the week

Some Shit Advice

The Physiocrats 2014

Okay, Okay

Truck Books 2012—buy here (SPD) or here (Amazon)

reviewed @ The Rumpus and @ The Constant Critic

Frieze (2018): "Anne Collier: Reducing Women to Tears" (review)

Triangle House Review (2018): "Expository Writing on Some Kisses" (poem)

Revue svetovej literatúry (2017.3) / Review of world literature (tr. into Slovak)

Amodern (2016): "Style in Quotation Marks," issue on Reading the Illegible (article)

Tender (2016): "Five-Paragraph Essay on Third Heartbreak" (poem)

Social Text Journal (2016): "Epistolary Romance on Love and Friendship" (poem)

The Fanzine (2016): "Persuasive Essay for Sex Ed" (poem)

Prelude Magazine (2015): "Essay on Bad Writing" (poem)

Bomb (2013): "Universe" (poem)

Post 45's The Slow Burn Volume 2: Group writing project on Knausgaard's My Struggle

Out of the soup and into the blue.” Chapter in re: evolution by Kim Rosenfield. Los Angeles, CA: Les Figues Press, 2009.

Two Serious Ladies (2013): "Hats" (story)

Birkensnake (2013): "Die" (story)

Two Serious Ladies (2012): "Hair-pulling" (poem)

+ (essays, poems, etc.):

Open House (2016): "Full-Time Position Available"

Convolution No. 4 (2016): "WRITE IN YOUR SLEEP: An Annotated Bibliography of Dreams"

Nat Brut (2016): "A4"

Lambda Literary (2015): "We Always Treat Women Too Well"

Rabbit Poetry (2015): "Advice on Fear and Trembling"

Arava Review (2015): "God's Advocate"

Review of No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself by Robert Fitterman in Coldfront Magazine, August 2014.

Imperial Matters (2014): "Some More Shit Advice"

P-Queue (2013): "Shit Advice Columnist"

Mondo Bummer (2012): "The Crying Library"

Model Homes issue 4 (2011): from Okay, Okay

The Recluse 7 (2011)"Recourse"

"Discharge," ASBDQ (2011)

EOAGH 6: Peripheral Writing (2010)

Esopus 14 (2010): "The Irenologist" (in "The Suzanne Bocanegra Recipe Card Library," download entire pdf here)

The Physical Poets Home Library Volume 4 (2010) from "Let It Out"

The Portable Boog City Reader 3 (2009) "No Exit" (page 10)

some readings:


@ Berl's (June 1)

@ Spoonbill (March and May)

with Astrid Lorange for the Chateau Series at Codex Books (Feb. 7)


Zutique Reading Series, Montreal, CA (Nov)

Launch party for Golias Books, Company Galery, NY, NY (Nov)

1891 Project Space Launch, NY, NY (Mar 3)

Poetry Project Annual New Years Marathon Reading, NY, NY (Jan 1)


Participant Gallery, NY, NY (Dec. 12)

Montreal, Canada (July 29)

Berls Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY (June 24)

Troll Thread Release Party, 67 Gallery, NY, NY (April 3)

BHQFU Book Fair, Brooklyn, NY (March)

Poetry Project Annual New Years Marathon Reading, NY, NY (Jan 1)


Segue Reading Series, NY, NY, (Dec 12)

Prelude Release Party, Baby's Alright, Brooklyn, NY (Nov.)

Unnameable books, Brooklyn, NY (Oct. 22)

St. George's English Bookshop, Berlin, Germany (July)

BHQFU, Make Now Books release party (May 23)

UDP Hobart (Apr. 25)

21C Museum Hotel, Durham, NC (March 27)

Capricious Gallery, NY, NY (Feb. 18)

PRB Offsite, LA, CA (Jan. 16)


Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, NY, NY (Dec. 8)

Lighght Reading Series, Ugly Duckling Presse, NY, NY (Sept 21)

Poets in the Garden Reading Series, McNally Jackson Bookstore, NY, NY (July)

Poetry & Poetics Reading Group, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Mar.)


Ruthless Grip Poetry Series, Washington, D.C. (Oct.)

The Museum of Modern Art, “Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made by All!,” NY, NY (Apr.)

The Toronto New School of Writing, Toronto, ON (Apr.)


The Red Rover Series, Chicago, IL (Nov.)

The New Cadence Poetry Series, Santa Cruz, CA: (Oct.)

Release party for Truck Books, Private Line Series, Brooklyn, NY (May)

The Segue Series at The Bowery Poetry Club, NY, NY (Apr.)

Kelly Writer’s House at the University of Pennsylvania, Emergency Series, Philadelphia, PA


The Segue Series at The Bowery Poetry Club, NY, NY (Feb.)

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, NY, NY (Jan)


Ceptuetics, radio interview on WNYU

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, NY, NY (May)