Johnny Temple is publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning, Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award and the American Association of Publishers’ 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. Temple is editor of the anthology USA Noir, a New York Times Editors’ Choice that includes stories from Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates and others. Temple has taught courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University, Wesleyan University and Pratt Institute. He is chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn’s borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to such publications as iNation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers and BookForum.