Nathan Blakeslee's books include American Wolf: A Real Tale of Survival and Obsession in the West and Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Tiny Texas Town, which earned the J.D. Salinger Award. The Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Texas Institute of Letters' outstanding nonfiction book prize are two awards given out by the Texas Institute of Letters. Blakeslee is a contributing writer for Texas Monthly, where he worked for nine years as a senior editor, covering politics, criminal justice, and environmental problems. He was the editor of the Texas Observer before that. Blakeslee is a Texan native who grew up in Arlington.
He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a master's degree in arts. He and his wife, as well as their two children, live in Austin.