Andrea Lawlor

Clara Willis Phillips Assistant Professor of English
Specialization: 
Creative writing; queer & trans writing; ESOL writing.

Andrea Lawlor teaches introductory and advanced courses in creative writing, including fiction writing, poetry writing, creative writing for multilingual speakers, 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.

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 Ploughshares, jubilat, the Millions, the Brooklyn Rail, Encyclopedia, and Mutha.

Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence magazine, and former editor/publisher of the Pocket Myths publication series.

Recent Campus News

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.

Mount Holyoke College's Field Gates. Photo by Michael Malyszko

Meet Mount Holyoke’s newest faculty 2019

Mount Holyoke’s newest faculty bring innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship to the College’s thriving intellectual community.

This is a portrait of author and lecturer Andrea Lawlor alongside an image of the cover of “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl.” The cover is pink, with black block text over an image of what appears to be a sculpture draped in pink cloth.

Critics sing praises for Lawlor’s debut novel

Mount Holyoke College professor Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel earned high praise. The Advocate called Lawlor “a worthy successor to Virginia Woolf.”

Recent Publications

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

Lawlor, A., Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016)

Lawlor, A., “Hart Doesn’t Have Two Mommies“ (Mutha, 2014)

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

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.