About


Jonathan Santlofer is an author and artist. His memoir The Widower’s Notebook will be published by Penguin Books on July 10, 2018. He is the author of the international bestselling novel, The Death Artist, as well as Color Blind, The Killing Art, The Murder Notebook, and Anatomy of Fear, which won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. He recently created and edited The New York Times “Notable Book,” It Occurs To Me that I Am America, a collection of original work by more than 50 of today’s best known authors and artists. He is editor/contributor of The New York Times best selling serial novel Inherit the Dead, editor and contributor of LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories, Akashic Books’ The Marijuana Chronicles, and co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the short story anthology, The Dark End of the Street. His stories appear in numerous collections, including The Rich & the Dead, edited by Nelson De Mille, New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block’s two bestselling anthologies, In Sunlight and In Shadow and Alive In Form and Color. His stories have also appeared in such publications as Ellery Queen Magazine and the Strand Magazine.

Jonathan 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 communities 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. He has taught Crime Fiction Writing, the graphic novel and Drawing in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing program, 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, Jonathan’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, NY, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the Newark Museum, NJ, and Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Japan.

Jonathan’s work has been written about and reviewed extensively. He 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.

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