Gary Phillips writes fiction and has also written essays for the Robert B. Parker tribute book In Pursuit of Spenser and for The Wire: Race, Class, and Genre.  Philips co-edited and contributed to Black Pulp pulp stories featuring black main characters. He is coeditor of the Switchblade noir series from PM Press and the editor of Orange County Noir from Akashic Books.  His website is at http://gdphillips.com.