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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sally Wisenburg  

Pen Name: S.L. Wisenburg

Genre: Creative nonfiction Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1955 in Houston, TX

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Illinois Connection

Wisenburg lives in a brownstone near Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wisenburg was born and raised in Houston, but has lived much of her adult life in Chicago. She is the creative nonfiction editor of ''Another Chicago Magazine'' and co-director of Northwestern's M.A. in Creative Writing program. She also teaches at the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies, in the certificate program for creative writing.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The sweetheart is in :
ISBN: 0810151243. OCLC Number:

TriQuarterly Books,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2001.

Holocaust girls :
ISBN: 0803298668. OCLC Number:

University of Nebraska Press ;. Lincoln, Neb. :. 2007.

The adventures of cancer bitch /
ISBN: 1587298023. OCLC Number:

University of Iowa Press,. Iowa City :. ©2009.

Wisenberg may have lost a breast, but she retained her humor, outrage, and skepticism toward common wisdom and most institutions. While following the prescribed protocols at the place she called Fancy Hospital, Wisenberg is unsparing in her descriptions of the fumblings of new doctors, her own awkward announcement to her students, and the mounds of unrecyclable plastic left at a survivors' walk. Combining the personal with the political, she shares her research on the money spent on pink ribbons instead of preventing pollution, and the disparity in medical care between the insured and the unin.


Pushcart Prize 1996

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