Jonathan Penner (born 1941 Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American writer, and poet.
He graduated from the University of Bridgeport and from the University of Iowa with an M.F.A., M.A., and Ph.D, which he earned in 1966. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He taught at the New School for Social Research, Southern Illinois University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Hawaii. Since 1978 he has lived in Tucson; he has been married since 1968 to Lucille Recht Penner. He is now emeritus (retired) from the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program. He believes the fiction workshop is fundamental to the academic practice of learning creative writing.
His stories have appeared in Grand Street, Paris Review, Commentary, Ploughshares.
- 1983 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, for Private Parties
- National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
- Guggenheim Fellowship
- Arizona Commission on the Arts Fellowship
- Fulbright Fellowship to Yugoslavia
- 2002 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, for This is My Voice
- Going Blind. Simon and Schuster. February 1977. ISBN 978-0-671-22442-4.
- The Intelligent Traveler's Guide to Chiribosco. Galileo Press. January 1983. ISBN 978-0-913123-01-0.
- Natural Order. Poseidon Press. June 1990. ISBN 978-0-671-66423-7.
Short Stories 
- Private Parties. University of Pittsburgh Press. October 1983. ISBN 978-0-8229-3488-2.
- This Is My Voice. Eastern Washington University Press. October 2003. ISBN 978-0-910055-87-1.
- Dennis Trudell, ed. (1996). "At Center". Full court: a literary anthology of basketball. Breakaway Books. ISBN 978-1-55821-504-7.
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