Alex Kotlowitz is the author of the national blockbuster There Are No Children Here, which was named one of the 150 most important novels of the twentieth century by the New York Public Library. The Other Side of the River, his second book, won the Heartland Award for Nonfiction. He won an Emmy and a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary for his documentary film The Interrupters. Two Peabody honors, two duPont-Columbia University awards, and a George Polk Award have been given to Kotlowitz's writing, which has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and on public radio's This American Life. He is a Northwestern University writer-in-residence. Just north of Chicago, Kotlowitz lives with his wife, Maria Woltjen, and their two children, Mattie and Lucas.