Aaron attended Moorhead State University from 1991 to 1996 where he studied under the poets Tim Murphy, Dave Mason and Alan Sullivan. He entered graduate school for Classics in 1997 at the University of Minnesota. After traveling and doing research in Greece on fellowship from 2003—4, he earned his Phd in Classics in 2006. He was a visiting professor of Classics at the University of Utah in 2007—8 and D.L. Jordon Fellow at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia from 2008—2009. He now lives and writes in New York City.