John Santoianni

Literary agent

Literary agent John B. Santoianni died July 15 in New York. He was 45.

A memorial service will be held Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at The Duke, 229 West 42nd St., N.Y.

Born in Philadelphia, he attended Temple U. and worked in the restaurant business before becoming an agent. He began his career working with actors at Honey Sanders Agency, Alan Willig Associates and talent agency Hesseltine/Baker.

Santoinanni then became a literary agent, representing playwrights, screenwriters, directors and choreographers in stage, film and television. He worked closely with Jack Tantleff for 14 years, first building the Tantleff Office and later at Abrams Artists Agency. Among his former clients were Jeffrey Hatcher, Mark O’Donnell, Tim Blake Nelson and David Esbjornson.

In recent years he worked on his own writing projects.

He is survived by his mother, stepfather, brother and sister.

An annual Poetry Award in his memory, to be judged by his friends and colleagues, has been established, and contributions to it can be made to The Academy of American Poets, attn: John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry, 584 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY 10012.

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