Michael Rowe is a novelist, and an award-winning journalist and essayist, who has lived in Beirut, Havana, Geneva, and Paris. Between 2001 and 2009 he was a contributing writer to the print edition of The Advocate. He is the author of three nonfiction books, Writing Below the Belt (1995), a critically acclaimed study of censorship, pornography, and popular culture, and the essay collections Looking For Brothers and Other Men’s Sons, which won the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction. His first novel, Enter, Night was a finalist for both the Prix Aurora and the Sunburst Award. His second novel Wild Fell was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and appeard in French from Editions Bragelonne in Paris in 2016. His third novel, October, was published in 2017. In 2009, The Atlantic Monthly's Andrew Sullivan nominated Rowe for the Michael Moore Award "for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric" for his work on the Huffington Post. He still considers it his proudest moment as a new media journalist.