Jonathan Lethem

Roy Edward Disney '51 Professor of Creative Writing and Professor of English
With Pomona Since: 2010
  • Expertise


    Celebrated for his novels, short stories and essays, Jonathan Lethem is recognized today as one of America’s foremost contemporary writers. His works include nine novels, five short-story collections, six non-fiction books and an array of essays published in such publications as Rolling Stone, Harper’s and The New Yorker.

    His novel Motherless Brooklyn was named Novel of the Year by Esquire magazine and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005. At Pomona, he teaches classes in creative writing and contemporary fiction.

  • Work


    Dissident Gardens (Vintage, 2013)

    Deep Focus: They Live (Soft Skull Press, 2010)

    Chronic City (Vintage, 2009)

    Omega the Unknown (Marvel, 2007)

    You Don’t Love Me Yet (Vintage, 2007)

    Fortress of Solitude (Vintage, 2003)

    Motherless Brooklyn (Vintage, 1999)

    Girl in Landscape (Vintage, 1998)

    As She Climbed Across the Table (Vintage, 1997)

    Amnesia Moon (1995)

    Gun, with Occasional Music (Harvest Books, 1994)

  • Education

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Creative Writing: Fiction
    • Topics in Contemporary Fiction
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    MacArthur Fellowship (2005)

    National Book Critics’ Circle Award and a Salon Book Award for Motherless Brooklyn (1999)

    Editor, The Vintage Book of Amnesia (2001) and the 2002 Da Capo Best Music Writing: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country and More (2002)