A Chicago native, Eric May graduated with a BA in Writing/English from Columbia College Chicago in 1975 and the following year joined what was then Columbia's Writing/English Department as a part-time instructor. He moved to Washington D.C. in 1985 to attend graduate school at American University and began working at the Washington Post as a newsroom clerk. In 1987, he joined the Post staff where he was a reporter on the Metro section. He returned to Columbia College in 1993.
His fiction and nonfiction have been published in such literary anthologies as Criminal Class Review, Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-flying Duck, Fish Stories: Collective I, Sport Literate, Angels in My Oven, and f5 Magazine.
May is a Certified Story Workshop Director, and former Associate Faculty member at the Stonecoast Writers' Conference in Maine and Solstice Writers' Conference in Massachusetts, and a past Board of Judges member for the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).
May was named the 2015 recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library! The 21st Century Award is given annually to a Chicago-based author for a “recent significant achievement in writing.”
His debut novel, Bedrock Faith, is the 2021 One Book, One Chicago selection.