Ed Southern Executive Director
A native North Carolinian, Ed Southern has been Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network since 2008, after several years as Vice President of John F. Blair, Publisher. He also has worked as a bookseller, coffee-shop manager, sporting-goods sales clerk, janitor, assistant facilities manager in a major art museum, bartender, high school sports stringer for a local newspaper, delivery truck driver, dishwasher, basketball scoreboard operator, busser, bagger, and lawn mower.
He is the author of five books, including Fight Songs, a finalist for the SIBA Southern Book Prize. His shorter work in a variety of genres has appeared in storySouth, North Carolina Literary Review, The Bitter Southerner, South Writ Large, Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere. In 2015, he received the Fortner Award for service to the literary arts in North Carolina.
He lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Jamie Rogers Southern, the Executive Director of Bookmarks, and their children.