Michael McColly's essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Sun, Chicago Review, Nimrod, In These Times, and other journals. He is the author of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir, The After-Death Room: Journey into Spiritual Activism (Soft Skull Press), which chronicles his journey reporting on AIDS activism in Africa, Asia, and America.
His first book, The World is Round, is a collection of student essays reflecting on the immigrant experience in Chicago.
He holds a BA degree in Theater and History from Indiana University, MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and Fiction Writing from the University of Washington.
His present nonfiction focuses on the subject of walking and its effects on physical, psychological and environmental health. Blending history, natural history, reportage and memoir, he is chronicling a 65 mile walk he took from his apartment, through Chicago and industrial Indiana, on his way to the Indiana Dunes.
He teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University's Masters Program in Creative Writing and at Columbia College Chicago.