J.Ed. Marston writes stories about people fumbling to be heroic in cloudy situations. His poetry, short stories, and the novel he co-authored with Tad Bartlett have been finalists in their various categories in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. He and Tad Bartlett are currently in the process of producing their novel as a forthcoming podcast. His creative and non-fiction work has been published in The Double Dealer, Urban Land, Wired magazine’s blog, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.
An ambivalent Southerner, Marston never felt like he’d found his place until he discovered Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is the founder of a project to further enliven the poetry scene in his adopted hometown by gathering an inclusive group of poets to write about their city. He is also a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. He sits on the Board of the Southern Lit Alliance and serves on the planning committee for the Conference on Southern Literature.
By day, Marston leads communications for EPB, Chattanooga’s electricity utility and fiber optic innovator, which made Chattanooga America’s first Gig City back in 2009. Marston is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he earned a B.A. with a triple major in English, writing, and theater.