Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric Charles May  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

May is a native Chicagoan. He grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eric Charles May is a former reporter for The Washington Post. Currently, he's an associate professor in the fiction writing program at Columbia College Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


Bedrock Faith

  • Roxane Gay Top 10 Book, 2014
  • Booklist Top 10 First Novels, 2014
  • Chicago Reader Favorite Book, 2014
  • A Women's Book Group Discussion Selection, Women & Children First Bookstore
  • Oprah Magazine Ten Books to Pick Up Now, April 2014
  • Books to Read Now, Chicago Tribune/Printers Row
  • Notable African-American Title by Publishers Weekly
  • Newcity Lit 50 List, 2014

    Personal/Body of Work

  • 21st Century Award (for significant recent achievement in writing by a Chicago-based author)

    , Chicago Public Library

  • One of 25 Writers to Watch, Guild Literary Complex

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)