FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Matthew Hamilton, a 2013 alumnus of the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing program, was awarded the Peace Corps Writers 2013 Best Book of Poetry award for his first book, The Land of the Four Rivers.
“Matthew Hamilton's poetry is the perfect manifestation of art in the service of mankind,” Michael White, professor of English and director of Fairfield’s MFA program said in a statement. “His poems are skillfully crafted, highly nuanced, and beautifully imagistic, but they have the emotional power of a tsunami.”
Hamilton, who has been both a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill and a Benedictine monk, volunteered with the Peace Corps in Armenia and the Philippines. His book contains 30 poems dealing with what he saw and experienced in Armenia.
Hamilton is the librarian at Benedictine College Preparatory School, an all-male Catholic military school in Richmond, Va.