Mary K. Hawley is a fiction writer, poet, and literary translator (Spanish to English). Her short fiction has appeared in the magazines that include The Saturday Evening Post, Hypertext, and Fifth Wednesday, and she received a 2019 Illinois Literary Award for fiction. Most recently she translated Sergio Altesor Licandro's SKETCHBOOKS: 1978-1993 (Amazon, 2022). She is seeking publication of her first novel while working on her second. She is the author of a poetry collection, DOUBLE TONGUES, and co-translator of the bilingual poetry anthology ASTILLAS DE LUZ/SHARDS OF LIGHT, both published by Tia Chucha Press. Her poems and poetry translations have been widely published, and she has written several children’s books. She helps coordinate Palabra Pura, the bilingual reading series of the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago, and has appeared at many literary venues around Chicago and the Midwest as a curator or featured guest. She is a Goodreads author and a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association, the Chicago Writers Association, and the Third Coast Translators Collective.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award; 2015 Silver Quill Award in Women's Fiction from WisRWA