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Mary Wisniewski

Connection to Illinois: Wisniewski works in Chicago. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Biography: Mary Wisniewski is a Chicago writer, journalist and teacher. She currently teaches creative writing at the Newberry Library and has taught creative nonfiction at Northwestern University's graduate program. A reporter in Chicago for 32 years, most recently as transportation columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Wisniewski was a former Reuters reporter covering Midwest crime and politics and a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has won numerous awards for reporting and for teaching. Her biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, Algren: A Life, won praise from multiple publications, including the New York Times and Chicago Magazine, which called it 'a captivating book that reads like a novel. She is an active participant in the Nelson Algren Committee and appears frequently on local television and radio.

  • Algren: A Life Chicago Writers Association Nonfiction Book of the Year (2017) Society of Midland Authors Literary Award in Biography (2017)

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Algren: A Life
ISBN: 1613735324 OCLC: 944408123

Chicago Review Press 2016

Algren: A Life is a new biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild Side, Never Come Morning, multiple short stories, and travel essays--