Bobbie Louise Hawkins was born July 11, 1930 in Abilene, Texas. The author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Fifteen Poems (Belladonna, 2012), she was a prolific member of the Beat movement. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art of the University College London. After returning to the United States, she met Robert Creeley and the two were married for eighteen years.
Hawkins was a recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for more than thirty years, retiring in 2010. She died in Boulder on May 4, 2018.