Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Margaret Hawkins

Adjunct Instructor



Margaret Hawkins is a writer, critic and teacher. Her third novel (Lydia's Party) was published by PenguinRandomHouse. She is the author of a memoir about family mental illness (How We Got Barb Back) and currently writes columns for Visual Art Source and The Democracy Chain, two online publications that cover contemporary art and social issues. Her work appears in many other publications, most recently in The Missouri Review (fiction) and The Perch, from Yale (essay.)


  • BFA, University of Illinois
  • MFA, University of North Carolina

Research Interests

  • Visual Art
  • Fiction
  • Essay
  • Memoir
  • Experimental Art Writing


  • Residencies: Roger Brown House (4), Ragdale, Krems (Austria), Catwalk

Select Publications


  • Lydia's Party, PenguinRandomHouse (novel)
  • How to Survive a Natural Disaster, Permanent Press (novel)
  • A Year of Cats and Dogs, Permanent Press (novel)
  • How We Got Barb Back, Conari Press (memoir)
  • She Can Find Her Way, Upper Hand (essay in collection)


  • Regular Column for The Democracy Chain
  • Regular column for Visual Art Source
  • Op-eds in Chicago Tribune, including "Cooking From Your Pantry"
  • Formerly art columnist for Chicago Sun-Times
  • New York Times, "Confessions of an Eavesdropper"


  • "Nothing Beats a Good Presbyterian," The Missouri Review