Alex Kotlowitz is the author of Never a City So Real, The Other Side of the River, and There Are No Children Here, which was named one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century by the New York Public Library. A former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, Kotlowitz is renowned for his narratives of particular individuals whose concrete life experiences illuminate broad aspects of our nation's social and political landscape. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, as well as on This American Life and PBS. He is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the George Polk Award. Since 2001, he has served as Northwestern's writer-in-residence during the winter quarter.