Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Aaron Hamburger

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Columbia University 2001
  • BA, University of Michigan 1995


Aaron Hamburger is the author of a story collection titled THE VIEW FROM STALIN’S HEAD which was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. He has also written three novels: FAITH FOR BEGINNERS, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, NIRVANA IS HERE, winner of a Bronze Medal from the 2019 Foreword Reviews Indies Book Awards, and HOTEL CUBA, due out from Harper Perennial in 2023.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, Tin House, Michigan Quarterly Review, Subtropics, Crazyhorse, Boulevard, Poets & Writers, Tablet, O, the Oprah Magazine, Out, The Bennington Review, Nerve, Time Out, Details, and The Forward. He has also won fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers, and his short fiction and creative non-fiction have received special mentions in the Pushcart Prizes.

He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program.


Areas of Scholarship

Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Travel Writing, Food Writing, LGBTQ Issues

Recent Publications

“Day School Bullies,” creative non-fiction piece in Tablet Magazine.

“Beauty Mark,” an ode to the beauty of the comma in O, the Oprah Magazine.

“Lessons I Learned in Writing My #Metoo Story,” essay about writing a #metoo story as both fiction and creative non-fiction, in Submittable.

“Refugees,” short story, Bennington Review

“Yes, Kurt Cobain was a Grunge Icon. He was also a Gay Rights Hero" essay, The Washington Post

“Sweetness Mattered,” personal essay, Tin House

“My Grandmother, the Undocumented Immigrant,” personal essay, Tablet Magazine

“Guiltless Pleasures,” short story, Crazyhorse

"Dynasty II: The Colbys," essay, Soap Opera Confidential

“On Jacob Dinezon’s Memories and Scenes,” literary essay, Tin House

Review of Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, The New York Times Book Review



Outwrite Literary Festival, Washington, DC

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans

AWP, Boston

New York University

Columbia University

National Arts Club, New York

Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Creative Activity

Currently researching and working on a novel about the Jewish immigrant community in Havana, Cuba in the early 1920s.

Awards and Recognition

Bronze Medal in 2019 Foreword Indies Awards Fellowship, DC Arts Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Pushcart Prize Nominee

Djerassi Resident Artists Program: Residency

The Corporation of Yaddo: Residency Civitella Ranieri Foundation: Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Umbria, Italy

Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Academy in Rome,

Violet Quill Nominee for Best New Fiction

Lambda Literary Award Nominee

Edward F. Albee Foundation: Fellowship




Professional Activity

PEN American Center, New York City, NY

Served on membership committee (2008-2012), volunteer blogger for PEN World Voices Festival.

Lambda Literary Foundation, New York City, NY

Volunteered as a judge of Best New Fiction Awards (2010)

Saint and Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA

Taught seminars for a literary festival fundraiser to combat HIV/AIDS. Served on Advisory Board. (2004-2011)


PEN American Center, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Lambda Literary Foundation