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 May 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, and many others. 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.
He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program.
Aaron was recently awarded the 2023 Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. On Aaron’s work, judge and former Duggins Prize winner Silas House commented:
Throughout his career Aaron Hamburger has published beautifully written novels, short stories, essays, and journalism, and other kinds of writing that has always been craft-centered and language-driven while also expanding and complexifying notions of LGBTQ life. Hamburger’s work has been published in some of the country’s most respected journals, magazines and newspapers while his books have been widely acclaimed and awarded. He has also been an advocate of LGBTQ writing on the whole, whether mentoring emerging LGBTQ talent or helping to make queer literature more a part of the national conversation. Hamburger is a writer who has done much to celebrate both the written word and LGBTQ existence; his career as a writer and teacher is exemplary and is very deserving to be honored as a Duggins Prize recipient.