Andrew Hamilton published his first piece for The Lookout Mountain Mirror in 2nd grade. He received no royalties. Throughout elementary school he continued to write stories about the destruction of mosquitos, cafeteria lunch lady rebellions, and a day in the life of a used piece of chewing gum. In high school he published prose and poetry in The Argonaut, a student literary magazine, and won the Creative Writing Award at McCallie Preparatory School. After high school, Andrew attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, winning the Bain-Swiggett and Knickerbocker prizes for traditional and nontraditional poetry. He also won the Margaret Artley Woodruff Award for both fiction and poetry. His short story, “Surface Tension,” was published in the Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest.
In 2016, Andrew graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with his Master of Fine Arts in Fiction. Shortly after, he moved to the Seattle area, where he currently counsels college transfer students at Mercer Education while working on a collection of short stories, poetry, and his novel in progress. He recently completed a chapbook of published poems called + Polarity-- as well as an annotated 31-page piece called "The Broken Jar Hotel," the latter of which renders contemporary American themes through shattered stanzaic narratives. Andrew is more than grateful for any time or attention that his work receives, and very appreciative of any feedback and support for his writing. His short story collection in progress, Future Stories, features experimental craft elements that warp the short story form with surprising twists and turns. There is also a secret manuscript called "The Ashes of St. Elmo's Fire," which nobody knows about.