is an American academic and author of more than a dozen novels and several short stories. She has served as Writer in Residence at the University of New Mexico and The Women's University of Mississippi, and as a John Grisham Visiting Writer at the University of Mississippi. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of South Florida, Staten Island College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Meredith College, and Duke University.
Winner of the New Jersey Author’s Award and two fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, Hawes helped found the nation's only MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College, and currently teaches on the faculty there. Her appearances as guest author, lecturer, and teacher have included sessions for the American Library Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, Associated Writing Programs, and the U.S. Department of Education.
- Black Pearls, a Faerie Strand (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), a collection of dark fairy tales for adults;
- Anteaters Don't Dream (University Press of Mississippi, 2007), a featured review in NC Literary Review, 2008;
- The Vanishing Point (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), nominated for the 2006 YA Best Books of the Year list, a Bank Street College pick, and a Booksense Independent Booksellers Association choice;
- Waiting for Christopher (Candlewick, 2002), a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age and the first campus-wide Reading Initiative Novel at the Mississippi University for Women, and
- Rosey in the Present Tense (Walker Books, 2000), a Children’s Book Council Best Book of the Year and YALSA Popular Paperback.
Her short fiction has been included in Prentice Hall's fiction text, The Reader Writes the Story
(1995), Simon & Schuster's Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth
(2001), Such a Pretty Face
, from Abrams (2007) and Be Careful What You Wish For
from Scholastic (2007). Individual stories have also appeared in the journals Other Voices
, The Southerner
, and the Pisgah Review