Laura Hawbaker is a writer with a background in journalism, having written for Modern Luxury, PopMatters, The Columbia Chronicle, and The Chicago Tribune. She holds a master's in linguistics and is pursuing an MFA in creative writing.
Her short stories have won a number of awards, including The Tusculum Review 2021 Fiction Prize. Laura has studied fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and as the Franz Kafka Fellow at the Prague School of Communication. She serves as editor in chief of MASKS Literary Magazine.
Laura lives in Chicago by way of Hawai'i, New Orleans, Poland, and Prague.
Awards | Residencies | Fellowships
Albert P. Weisman Award | Albert P. Weisman Foundation | 2022
FAW Foundation Award | Friends of American Writers Foundation| 2021-2022
Franz Kafka Fellowship | PSPW Program| Prague School of Communication | 2021
The Tusculum Review 2021 Fiction Prize | The Tusculum Review| 2021
Artist-in-Residence | Aesthetics of Research | Columbia College Chicago Library | 2020-2021
Best Essays of 2018 | The Bookends Review | 2018
45th Short Fiction Contest | Jerry Jazz Musician | 2017
Fulbright Fellowship | Adam Mickiewicz University | 2012-2013