Alex Kotlowitz is the author of Never a City So Real, The Other Side of the River and There Are No Children Here. Kotlowitz is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Public Radio’s This American Life. His work has also appeared in The New YorkerGrantaThe Washington PostThe Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal (where he was a staff writer for ten years,) as well as on PBS and NPR. His play An Unobstructed View (co-authored with Amy Dorn) premiered in Chicago in June of 2005. He teaches writing at Northwestern University. His journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the George Polk Award.