Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Walter Mosley is an American novelist that has penned more than forty-three books of various genres including mystery, crime, afrofuturist science fiction, and political monographs. Inspired by writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Graham Greene, and Raymond Chandler, Mosley continues to write about black male heroes, publishing his first book, Devil in a Blue Dress, in 1990, which was later adapted for the eponymous film starring Denzel Washington in 1995. This hardboiled mystery novel, along with thirteen other ones, constituted Mosley’s best-selling historical detective series known as Easy Rawlins. His nonfiction has also appeared in many publications including The New York Times Magazine and The Nation. In 1995, Mosley presented a reading with Frederic Tuten at The Kitchen. Currently living in New York, Mosley is the winner of numerous awards including O. Henry Award, Grammy Award for Best Album Notes, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has served on the board of the National Book Awards and the TransAfrica Forum. For more information please visit: