Refugee High Book Launch- Seminary Coop, American Writers' Museum
August 10, 2021
- 6:00 PM CT
Seminary Coop and American Writers' Museum

Please join us, Seminary Coop, and the American Writers' Museum for the launch of Refugee High: Coming of Age in America. 

New Press author Elly Fishman will present her new book, Refugee High: Coming of Age in America in conversation with award-winning author of There Are No Children Here Alex Kotlowitz. The discussion will be moderated by Alison Sansone, Program Director of the American Writers' Museum. 


Elly Fishman worked as a senior editor and writer at Chicago magazine. Her features have won numerous awards including a City Regional Magazine Award for her article “Welcome to Refugee High,” her first report on the students and faculty at Chicago’s Roger C. Sullivan High School. Refugee High: Coming of Age in America (The New Press) is based on the article, and won the prestigious Studs and Ida Terkel Prize for a first book in the public interest. A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Chicago, Fishman currently lives in Milwaukee with her husband and their dog and teaches in the Journalism Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of four books, including his most recent An American Summer, the winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. His first book, the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, was selected by the NY Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. The Other Side of the River received the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. Kotlowitz’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life. His journalism and film honors include two Peabodys, an Emmy, the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and an Independent Film Spirit Award. He’s also been honored for his work by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award. Kotlowitz is a professor at Northwestern’s Medill’s School of Journalism, and lives in Chicago with his wife, Maria Woltjen.