Andrea Lawlor

Clara Willis Phillips Assistant Professor of English
Creative writing; queer & trans writing; utopian writing; fabulist writing.

Andrea Lawlor teaches introductory and advanced courses in creative writing, including fiction writing, poetry writing, queer and trans writing, writing fabulist fiction, writing utopian fiction, and advanced projects.

Lawlor was educated at the University of Iowa, Temple University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s M.F.A. Program for Poets and Writers. They have been awarded fellowships from RADAR Labs and the Lambda Literary Foundation, and won a Whiting Award for Fiction in 2020.

Lawlor is the author of a chapbook of poems, Position Papers (Factory Hollow, 2016), and a novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (Vintage, 2019). Lawlor’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, jubilat, the Rumpus, the Brooklyn Rail, Encyclopedia and Mutha.

Recent Campus News

This is a side-by-side image. On the left, rainbow-colored block letters read, "Diverse, Inclusive, Accepting, Welcoming Safe Space For Everyone. We stand together." On the right, a hand holds a lavender tassel, lavender sprig and a rainbow flag.

Lavender Ceremony for the Class of 2022

Mount Holyoke College’s LGBTQ+ students from the Class of 2022 were honored during Senior Week. 

Mount Holyoke student Kylie Gellatly FP’23 has published her first collection of poetry, “The Fever Poems.”

Kylie Gellatly publishes “The Fever Poems”

Mount Holyoke student Kylie Gellatly FP’23 has published her first collection of poetry, “The Fever Poems.” 

Crafting a Life in the Arts in rainbow colored letters.

Crafting a full life in the arts

Mount Holyoke’s event Crafting a Life in the Arts shows students that the COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t deter a sustaining life in the arts. 

Andrea Lawlor (left) and Samuel Ace, Mount Holyoke College faculty in English, spoke to U.S. News & World Report as to why students might want to study creative writing in college.

What to know about studying creative writing

U.S. News & World Report talks to Mount Holyoke College faculty Andrea Lawlor and Samuel Ace about studying creative writing in college.  

Andrea Lawlor

Andrea Lawlor wins prestigious Whiting Award

Andrea Lawlor, assistant professor of English, has received the Whiting Award, which honors emerging writers who demonstrate excellence and promise.

Recent Publications

Lawlor, A.,A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ’90s Counterculturalist” (New York Times, June 11, 2021)

Lawlor, A., Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, Vintage (April 23, 2019)

Lawlor, A.,Position Paper #20: Positions” (Ploughshares, 2017)

Lawlor, A., “Position Paper #19: Donald Trump” (Ploughshares, 2017)

Lawlor, A., “Position Paper #18: Insurance”(Ploughshares, 2017)

Recent Awards

2020 Whiting Award winner in fiction. In the words of the selection committee, "Andrea Lawlor's writing is mythic and gritty, lyric and witty, brazenly dirty and teeming with life. Their debut novel is at once a bacchanalian celebration of outlaw living and an old-fashioned bildungsroman, following its seductive, shape-shifting antihero at a gallop on the path to self-discovery. An exacting psychological authenticity puts the reader squarely into the body of a character who’s endangered and radiant at once."

Recent Honors

Was an invited panelist at a number of panels, including the University of California Irvine's Center for Storytelling's "Writing Sex: A Conversation about Writing” panel, moderated by Jonathan Alexander; and the Brooklyn Book Festival's "Beyond the Year of Trans Creativity," moderated by Riley McLeod. Moderated conversations with writers Jung Yun (Odyssey Bookshop), Megan Milks (Books Are Magic), Joss Lake (Books Are Magic), and Callum Angus (Odyssey Bookshop), among others. Was invited to read with Andrea Abi-Karam, hosted by Books Are Magic (Brooklyn).

Moderated conversation with the writer Jordy Rosenberg (UMass) for Grub Street's Writing Conference: "How I Wrote This".

Was invited to read in The St. Mark’s Poetry Project's 47th Annual New Year's Day Marathon December 31, 2020. 

Was in conversation with writers Eileen Myles (via Harvard Bookstore) and emily c. danforth (via Charis Books & More) in October 2020.

Invited to read and present at a number of series and festivals, including the UA Prose series at the University of Arizona at Tucson’s Creative Writing Program, with writer T. Fleischmann; at the Texas Book Festival, on the "Pop Music & Queer Identity Panel" with Karen Tongsen and the "What Makes a Classic?” panel with Elda Rotor (VP/Publisher of Penguin Classics); and at the Segue Reading Series in New York, with poet Cecilia Vicuña.