Alex Kotlowitz is perhaps best known for his national bestseller, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. His nonfiction stories, which one critic wrote “inform the heart”, have appeared in print, radio and film. From his documentary, The Interrupters, to his stories in The New York Times Magazine and on public radio’s This American Life, he’s been honored in all three mediums.
A Chicago native and graduate of Wesleyan University, Kotlowitz holds eight honorary degrees and has been awarded the John LaFarge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice given by New York’s Catholic Interracial Council.
Recent Posts by Alex Kotlowitz
Keynote conversation with Alex KotlowitzMarch 27, 2017 by Alex Kotlowitz
Full video and edited transcript of a keynote conversation with Alex Kotlowitz"; February 11, 2017.
Harper High School: Parts I and IIApril 10, 2014 by Julie Snyder, Ben Calhoun, Alex Kotlowitz, Linda Lutton, Robyn Semien, Ira Glass
This stark two-part radio series follows students, school staff and families as they confront and cope with the deeply disruptive impact of gun violence on their everyday lives. The series offers revelatory insights into gang geography, youth culture, the corrosive impact of trauma and the overwhelming limitations to stemming the tide of violence. Judges called “Harper High School” “profoundly moving” and “extraordinarily comprehensive and compassionate” in its complexity. Originally broadcasted on NPR in February 2013.
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