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. 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 master's program and Creative Writing and at Columbia College Chicago.