For 40 years, Alex Kotlowitz has been telling stories from the heart of America, deeply intimate tales of struggle and perseverance. He is the author of four books, including his most recent, "An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago." His other books include "There Are No Children Here," "The Other Side of the River" and "Never a City So Real."
One of Chicago Magazine's "Chicagoans of the Year" in 2019, Kotlowitz is former staff writer at The Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life. He lives just outside Chicago with his wife, Maria Woltjen, who directs the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.