Hazel Hawthorne was born as Hazel Louise Hathorne on October 24, 1901. She lived a long life, almost a hundred years.
She published her first poem in 1918 when she was only 16 years old. Twenty years on, she had published two novels, several short stories and more poetry. In 1947 the literature editor of a prominent magazine asked her if she could send them a story, something, anything.
Why have we never heard of Hazel Hawthorne?
The Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers, 2018
In August 2014, I saw Hazel Hawthorne's portrait in a Walker Evans photo exhibition in Berlin, Germany. I was completely mesmerized by Hazel's presence in the photo, and got interested in her life.
What started off as innocent googling has now grown into a full-scale, independent research project.
The goal of my independent, microhistorical research is to publish a book about Hazel’s intriguing life – not perhaps a biography in the traditional sense, but a narrative nonfiction book with biographical elements. I am also working on a podcast.
In June 2017 I traveled to USA to visit some of the places that were important in Hazel's life and to explore archives that still hold her secrets. I got to meet some of Hazel's relatives and many people who knew her later in life.
In 2018, I traveled to Cape Cod again to continue my research. As part of the Peaked Hill Trust Residency Program for the Arts and Sciences, I spent a week in one of the dune shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, researching unique primary sources and working on the manuscript.
In 2018, I also received a grant from the Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers.
Short stories and book reviews
Three Women, novel
Salt House, novel
On the Baltic, short story
Whitsuntide, short story
Camera Angles on Three Lives, short story
Hazel has published some earlier works as well.