Laura (L.A.) Hawbaker is an award-winning writer whose prose explores place, cultural borders, continuity and disconnection, and the search for home. She writes pop culture analyses of film and books through a feminist lens.
Laura is the recipient of the 2021 Friends of American Writers scholarship and served as the Franz Kafka Fellow at the 2021 Summer in Prague Writers' Program. She's the winner of The Tusculum Review 2021 Fiction Prize. Laura is a staff writer at PopMatters; her culture essays have also appeared in Bright Wall/Dark Room, Time Out Chicago, and The Bright Lights Film Journal. She's reported for The Chicago Tribune, Newcity Magazine, and The Chicago Sun-Times. As the 2020/2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Columbia College Chicago Aesthetics of Research, she founded and now serves as the editor-in-chief of the Weisman Award-winning publication, MASKS Literary Magazine.
Laura lives in Chicago by way of New Orleans, Hawaii, Poland, and Prague. She attended the 2019 Iowa Writers' Workshop Summer Fiction Program and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia College Chicago.