Michael McColly teaches creative nonfiction, journalism and literature at Columbia College and Northwestern University, where he is also a lecturer in the MFA program in Creative Writing. His first book, The World Is Round, collects narratives about the immigrant experience in the United States as written by his creative writing and ESL students at Northeastern Illinois University. His second book, The After-Death Room (Soft Skull Press), is a blend of reportage and memoir that chronicles his travels through parts of Asia, Africa and America reporting on AIDS activism. It earned a Lambda Award for best spiritual memoir in 2007. He is also an actor, playwright and filmmaker. For his creative work and reporting, he has received several fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and Ragdale. He has also received a Lisagor Journalism Award for a series on Chicago’s neighborhoods he produced for WBEZ. His current work explores the effect of walking/hiking on our awareness of the interdependency of human and public health to that of the health of the landscapes we inhabit. He writes a blog about walking and its public health benefits, Foot Patterns.