About


Jonathan Santlofer is the author of 5 published novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. His first novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller and translated into 22 languages. He is co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the short story anthology, The Dark End of the Street, editor/contributor of LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories and editor/contributor of the New York Times best selling serial novel “Inherit the Dead.” His short stories appear in numerous magazines, journals and collections, including The Rich & the Dead, edited by Nelson De Mille, New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, the Strand Magazine and Ellery Queen Magazine.

Santlofer is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, the Vermont Studio Center and serves on the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest arts community in the U.S.

He was the creator and director of the Center For Fiction’s CRIME FICTION ACADEMY, the only program devoted exclusively to crime writing in all of its forms. He has taught Crime Fiction Writing and the graphic novel in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing program and has taught at Columbia University and The New School. He has given numerous workshops at writing conferences and festivals and has been a sought after lecturer at colleges, universities and museums across the country, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and LA MOCA.

Also a well-known artist, Santlofer’s work has been exhibited in more than 200 exhibitions worldwide and is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

Santlofer has been profiled in such publications as the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Newsday, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, has been the subject of a Sunday NY Times Magazine “Questions For” column, and has been written about and reviewed extensively.

Recently, Santlofer created It Occurs To Me that I Am America, a collection of writing and art with more than 50 contributors, published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster to benefit the ACLU.

His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, will be published by Penguin Book in July 2018.

He lives in New York City where he writes and paints and is currently at work on a new novel.

photo credit: Clarke Tolton