Gail Vida Hamburg

Author, Omnimedia Belle Lettrist

Gail Vida Hamburg is an award-winning American journalist and author. She spent half a life in England before migrating to the U.S., first to New York and then to Chicago, where she developed a career in mass communications, journalism, media relations, museum storytelling, and academia. Hamburg's first novel, "The Edge of the World," about the impact of American foreign policy on individual lives -- inspired by Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" -- was released by Mirare Press, Boston in 2007. The novel was featured in Bertrand Russell's "The Spokesman," at the Graham Greene Festival, and nominated for the James Fenimore Cooper Prize by the American Society of Historians. It is a frequent text in university post-colonial studies, war studies, and creative writing programs. Her film writing includes, The Journey Home, a screenplay about African-Americans in self-imposed exile from America, and a print story adapted for the 2001 film, Mesmerized, starring Mia Farrow and Klaus Marie Brandauer. Her theater work includes the forthcoming Hush, a political rock musical featuring the music of Chicago indie rock band, Clara May and the development of Hurricane, the Broadway-bound musical, based on the life of wrongly incarcerated boxer, Rubin Hurricane Carter. Her novel, "Liberty Landing," (Mirare Press, 2018), the first in a trilogy about the American Experiment and Experience was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and a nominee for the 2018 Palestine Book Awards. Liberty Landing is in the running for the forthcoming Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Hamburg studied mass communications at North East London Polytechnic, UK and holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College, Vermont, USA. She is on Faculty at Roosevelt University, Chicago and Founder of Rainworks Omnimedia, an educational entertainment producer.