- Dust and Light: Poems, After Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (2012)
- Crossroads: Poems of a Mississippi Childhood (2010)
- Keeping Score: Sports Poems for Every Seasons (2008)
- Mind the Gap Poems by an American in London (2003)
- From the Ground Up: Poems of One Southerner’s Passage to Adulthood (1992)
- Perpendicular Rain (chapbook) (1986)
- This House, This Town (2010)
- Bless You, My Father (2006)
- Win or Win: A Season with Ron Shumate (sports biography) (1993)
- editor of many books about William Faulkner
Hamblin was born in 1938 in Jericho, Mississippi. He spent a lot of time at his parent’s general store in Bethany, Mississippi (Brice’s Cross Roads). He attended Baldwyn Public Schools until 1954, when the family moved to Booneville, Mississippi, where he then graduated from high school.
He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in 1958 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in 1960. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Mississippi in 1965 where he also earned his doctorate in 1976.
Hamblin taught English at Sparrows Point High School in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1960 to 1962. He was a teaching assistant in the Department of English at the University of Mississippi in 1964 for a year. He then taught in the English Department at Southeast Missouri State University from 1965 to 2013. Hamblin is a founding Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies. He also taught in London for two years, the Netherlands for a year, and Japan for one year. He was associated editor of The Cape Rock from 1969 to 2012 and poetry editor of Aethlon: the Journal of Sport Literature from 1984 to 2005.
He is currently Professor Emeritus at Southeast Missouri State University.