Margaret Hawkins - Official Author Website

Brevity Magazine:

Go Into the World and Listen 

The Missouri Review:

The Sweet Short Life of Taylor Swift (short fiction)

Nothing Beats a Good Presbyterian (short fiction)

The Perch:

Covid Heart (page 60) 


Inside Outside (page 64)

The Democracy Chain:

Sleeping With Art, Waking With Nature

How I Learned to Love the End of the World

Can We All Get Along? 

If This Is a Girl Then What Am I? 

What a Difference a Year Doesn't Make

Does Age Matter?

The High Cost of Banning Books

With Beauty, Timing Is Everything

Nan Goldin: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Michelle Obama's Dress: Portrait of a FLOTUS

Why We Watched the Queen's Funeral   

No, We Are Not OK

Desire Lines

One More War

Lee Godie


Toward Common Cause: Art and Social Change

What Velázquez’s Portrait of King Philip IV of Spain Tells Us About Voting Rights Today


Visual Art Source

Alfred Conteh

Michiko Itatani  

Robert Colescott

Ray Johnson

Kara Walker, an initiative of “Toward Common Cause”

Tom Uttech

Omar Velázquez

Bisa Butler

Lawn Art

What Are You Going Through?

Thank you, RBG

Teaching Moby Dick in the Pandemic

Wait Til Next Year

I always wondered who you are

Musical Instrument Museum: Leave Nothing Out

Get the Most Out of a Trip to the Museum

Deadness, Beauty and The Deep Past

Our Bodies, Our Art

Writing About Art

Rag Bone Grace Truth

Reconsidering the Art Museum Post #MeToo


Chicago Tribune:

Longing for The Clearing, and an escape from the turmoil

Cooking from my pantry and what I’ll miss about self-isolating

Just released: Inside Outside, my article about outsider art, in the January 2019  issue of the Los Angeles-based art magazine Fabrik

KREMS Artist Residency
Please click on report to read about Margaret's project.

Pictured left to right: Fritz Lentz, Karl Vondal, Margaret Hawkins

Essay "On Getting Lost " to appear in  Volume I of She Can Find Her Way, a five-volume pocket-sized anthology from Upper Hand Press, to be released in October 2017 

Margaret Hawkins spoke about her book, "How We Got Barb Back" at the The Gabe Miller Foundation November 13.    

Margaret Hawkins interviewed on Cultura, the national Brazilian public TV channel

Margaret Hawkins at the 2015 ALA MidWinter Library Conference

Critical Thinking: Margaret Hawkins
Monday, September 22, 2014


Intervew with Margaret Hawkins
Margaret Hawkins talks with Steve Bertrand on Books on being remembered, on writing and on listening-in on the conversation one table over.

Confessions of a Lifelong Eavesdropper
New York Times / opinionator
Confession: I eavesdrop. Not only that, I make my students do it. I eavesdrop all the time. You could say it’s my more

Kirkus Reviews
I started writing Lydia’s Party with the idea that it would be interesting to write about a group of friends who gather annually over many years. The book would be about friendship, also art, ambition, secrets, what changes over time and what stays the more

Come to Lydia’s Party — And Meet Margaret Hawkins
Last week, Chicago author Margaret Hawkins made the trek north to Lake Forest and delighted a group of 35 avid readers with a discussion of her new novel, Lydia’s more

On the morning of the day our new dog was to be delivered by the rescue people, who promised us a 48-hour window in which to change our minds if we didn’t think we could bond with him, She Reads  invited me to write a blog post about an image that inspired something in Lydia’s more


Creative Nonfiction Workshop, The Clearing, Ellison Bay,  Wisconsin, June 2 - 8 

Residency at the Roger Brown House in New Buffalo, Michigan  February 19 - March 3


On March 1 I will be speaking, and doing a reading from Lydia's Party, at a conference at Loyola University, titled Good God, But Life Could Be Less Than Easy


December 13
Poets and Writers at Work
City News Cafe, Chicago
Loyola University Chicago's part-time and non-tenure-track poets and writers read from their recent books and manuscripts on the theme of work.  

June 11 - 17, 2017
Memoir Workshop,  The Clearing
Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

July 17 - August 15, 2017
Artist Residency, Krems, Austria    

July 13, 2016

Tea and Talk, Radale, Lake Forest, IL

June 26 - July 2, 2016

Memoir Workshop at The Clearing, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

November 4, 2015
Margaret Hawkins will appear at the book launch for the Portuguese language edition of her third novel, Lydia's Party, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sept 29, 2015
Margaret Hawkins will be speaking at the MCFI Mental Health Conference
MORE THAN A DIAGNOSIS: Treating the Whole Person
More info

June 21 – June 27, 2015

Fiction Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

May 17 - May 23, 2015
Memoir Writing Workshop at The Clearing Folk School 
Ellison Bay, Wisconsin


February 1, 2015
Featured speaker at the RUSA book and media awards reception for the American Library Association conference in Chicago

January 30, 2015
7:00 pm
Come celebrate the paperback release of LYDIA'S PARTY, hosted by Women & Children First and held at The Swedish American
at 5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago
click here for details

January 28, 2015  
Milwaukee book launch for Lydia's Party paperback:  hosted by Boswell's Bookstore, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI ....  click here for details

October 8, 2014
Margaret Hawkins will be signing books at 2 PM out of the Penguin Book Truck, at the Highland Park Library, on October 8 (the day of a total lunar eclipse!) 

August 3 - August 9, 2014
Writing Well: Fiction & Memoir Workshop
with Margaret Hawkins

February 11, 7pm, 2014
Book Launch, Talk, Q&A and Signing
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, Il 60093

February 10, 10:00am, 2014
Brunch Talk, Q&A and Signing
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