Gary Phillips is a nature writer and entrepreneur. He was born in the Cherokee foothills of North Carolina. Gary co-founded Weaver Street Realty over 30 years ago, a triple-bottom-line ecological real estate company. He lives in a rammed earth house with his wife Ilana Dubester in Silk Hope. Gary reads and writes poetry and anthropological science fiction, studies amphibian behavior on full moon nights and was once chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.