Adam Stumacher‘s fiction has appeared in Granta, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, TriQuarterly, and others, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won a Nelson Algren Award and the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and in WBUR’s Cognoscenti. He holds degrees from Cornell University and Saint Mary’s College and was the Carol Houck Smith fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He has been awarded a tuition scholarship from Bread Loaf and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Spiro Arts, and others. He has taught creative writing at MIT, the University of Wisconsin, Saint Mary’s College, and Grub Street, and he has many years experience as an educator in urban high schools, for which he was awarded the Sontag Prize and a fellowship from Boston College. After living in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, Adam currently lives in Boston with his wife, author Jennifer De Leon, and their son. He is working on a short story collection and a novel.



Eleven Kinds of Exile: a collection of eleven short stories that depicts moments of cultural collision and conversation as experienced by a wide range of immigrants and travelers, expatriates and refugees.

Beautiful Machines: a novel that explores a mysterious murder in an inner city high school in South Boston, told from the perspective of multiple characters from the school community.



Eleven Kinds of Exile is a book for our times. It examines the immigrant experience, with its many drivers – economic or political necessity, flight from crime, the search for adventure, the yearning to help out or to make life meaningful. The searchers come from Somalia to South Boston, from Canada to Taiwan, from Vietnam and Israel to America, from Miami to Cuba, from America to whatever is different or exotic enough — Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul. The disappointments, the misunderstandings, the danger, the exploitation, the ruin, all are presented with a clear and dispassionate eye that is finally, in many cases, heart-breaking.”   —Sue Miller



Finalist, 2017 Grace Paley Prize

Nelson Algren Award, Chicago Tribune, 2016

Notable Mention, 2014 Best American Short Stories

Finalist, 2013 Flannery O’Connor Short Story Award

Tuition Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2012

Finalist, 2012 Bakeless Prize, Graywolf Press

Best New American Voices 2008. Guest Editor: Richard Bausch

Carol Houck Smith Fellowship. University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, 2006-2007

2006 Raymond Carver Short Story Award Winner. Contest Judge: Peter Ho Davies

Agnes Butler and Jeanine Cooney Fiction Fellowships, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2003-2005