Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his story collection THE VIEW FROM STALIN'S HEAD (Random House). His novel FAITH FOR BEGINNERS (Random House) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His stories, essays, creative non-fiction, and more have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poets & Writers, Tin House, Subtropics, Details, Crazyhorse, Boulevard, and many others.

Recent Publications
  • The Right Way to Write about Sex?

    I’m currently working on a critical essay about two contemporary literary novels, both of which tackle sexual subject matter, yet in ways that feel decidedly unsexy. Yes, there’s a difference between literature and pornography (which …
  • The Joys of Being Edited

    I’ve recently received galleys and edits for two new pieces coming out next year, and I’m reminded of how much I love working with smart editors, how they challenge me to dig deeper than I …
  • Having the courage to write badly

    In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Lamott talks about the necessity of what she famously terms “shitty first drafts.” Novelist Michael Chabon has also said that his first drafts are as bad as the writing …
Upcoming Events
  1. Elements of Writing: Character from the Ground Up

    March 13 @ 6:00 pm - March 27 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Elements of Writing: Plot: The Four-Letter Word that Strikes Fear into the Heart of Most Writers

    March 27 @ 6:00 pm - April 3 @ 8:00 pm

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"Hamburger engages the reader with wonderfully flawed characters and through the history, legend, and propaganda of modern Jewish life."

"A knockout of a novel… The author’s shrewd and satirical look at Judaism, and American and Israeli style, is in the great tradition of Philip Roth."

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