J.Ed. Marston, born in small town Alabama and a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, has worked as a public defense paralegal, a small town newspaper reporter, the manager of a non-profit serving homeless people, and currently leads communications for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the founding editor of Trend Magazine and played a role in starting a local alternative weekly for which he was a regular contributor. Marston’s novel, Kites All Quite Tall, which was co-authored with Tad Bartlett, made the short-list for the finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Novel competition and his poem, the Limit Perfected Fish, was a finalist this year’s poetry competition. He was also a member of the Inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. Marston claims dual citizenship as a resident of Chattanooga and a satellite member of the Peauxdunque Chapter of the Words & Music Writers Alliance of New Orleans.