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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sandi Wisenberg  

Pen Name: S.L. Wisenberg


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1955 in Houston, Texas

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Illinois Connection

Wisenberg lives near Wrigley Field in Chicago. She has taught at Northwestern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ragdale in Lake Forest, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul and Roosevelt both in Chicago. She has published graphic art in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wisenberg was born and raised in Houston, but has lived much of her adult life in Chicago. She is a writer, teacher, editor and writing coach. She is also the creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine and co-director of Northwestern's MA/MFA 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.

Published Works

  • The Sweetheart Is In , Northwestern University Press, 2001
  • Holocaust Girls: History, Memory, and Other Obsessions , University of Nebraska Press, 2002
  • The Adventures of Cancer Bitch, University Of Iowa Press, 2009

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.

Speaking Engagements

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