Laura (L.A.) Hawbaker is a writer and artist based in Chicago. She's a staff writer at PopMatters; her other work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Tusculum Review, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Allium Journal, Newcity Magazine, and others. She edits MASKS Literary Magazine. Laura 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.