Alex Kotlowitz is the author of the national bestseller There Are No Children Here. His second book, The Other Side of the River, was awarded the Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction. For his documentary film, The Interrupters, he received an Emmy and a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Kotlowitz’s work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and on public radio’s This American Life. He has been honored with two Peabody awards, two duPont-Columbia University awards, and a George Polk Award. He is a writer in residence at Northwestern University and lives with his wife, Maria Woltjen, and their two children, Mattie and Lucas, just outside of Chicago.