Laura (L.A.) Hawbaker is a writer and artist based in Chicago. She founded and edits MASKS Literary Magazine. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PopMatters, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Reflex Press, Tether's End, Newcity Magazine, and others. She's the winner of The Tusculum Review 2021 Fiction Prize. Laura was the Franz Kafka Fellow at the 2021 Summer in Prague Writers' Program and is the recipient of the 2021 Friends of American Writers Award.
Laura's art has been exhibited in Chicago at the Bridgeport Art Gallery and Oak Park Art League and sold in New Orleans at Pirate's Alley and the Frenchmen Art Market. She was the 2020/2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Columbia College Chicago Aesthetics of Research.