Bio: Harlem native Michael A. Gonzales is a cultural critic, short story scribe and essayist who has written for The Paris Review, The Village Voice, Wax Poetics, The Wire UK, Maggot Brain and Pitchfork. His fiction has appeared in Dead-End Jobs: A Hit Man Anthology edited by Andrew J. Rausch, Black Pulp edited by Gary Phillips, Crime Factory, Brown Sugar 2: Great One Night Stands edited by Carol Taylor, Needle: A Magazine of Noir edited by Steve Weddle and Bronx Biannual edited by Miles Marshall Lewis. He is the co-author of Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture (1991), and throughout the 1990s covered rap and soul for The Source, Vibe, RapPages, Spin, Tower’s Pulse, Raygun, Creem and Request. Currently Gonzales writes personal essays for Longreads, the music column Slept on Soul for Soulhead.com and The Blacklist, a book column covering out-of-print Black authors for Catapult. He lives in Baltimore.