Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Aaron Hamburger

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Aaron Hamburger

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 was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection THE VIEW FROM STALIN'S HEAD (Random House), also nominated for a Violet Quill Award. His novel titled FAITH FOR BEGINNERS (Random House), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His latest book, the novel NIRVANA IS HERE, is due out in the spring of 2019. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Subtropics, Details, Michigan Quarterly Review, CrazyhorseBoulevardO, the Oprah Magazine, and The Village Voice. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi. He has also taught writing at Columbia University, NYU, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and the George Washington University.


Areas of Scholarship

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

Recent Publications

“Refugess,” short story, Bennington Review, forthcoming

“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

“The Safe Word,” short story, Zone 3

“The Secret of Mexican Wine Cookies,” story, The Chicago Tribune, Printer’s Row


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

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