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 two novels: FAITH FOR BEGINNERS, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and NIRVANA IS HERE.
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, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation as well as first prize in the Dornstein Contest for Young Jewish Writers, and his short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
He has taught creative writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, New York University, Brooklyn College, and the Stonecoast MFA Program.
His first novel The Sabotage Café was named to the 2007 year-end best-of lists of The Chicago Tribune, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Philadelphia City Paper, as well as being awarded the 2008 Grub Street Fiction Prize. Ad Busters described it as "a masterful book." O, The Oprah Magazine said "The Sabotage Café shows debut novelist Joshua Furst in full control of his psychologically complex material, with a tale of 'emotional bondage' as chilling as it is heartbreakingly real."
Furst's critically acclaimed book of stories, Short People, was described by the Miami Herald as "a near magical collection." The Los Angeles Times called it "Startling . . . a thoughtful if disturbing portrait of what it means to be a child. Or, more
Grodstein is the author of the novels A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009), The Explanation for Everything (Algonquin, 2013), and Our Short History(Algonquin, 2017).