Dr. Marshall Myers was reared in rural Meade County, near Battletown. After graduating from Meade County High School in 1961, he took bachelor's and master's degrees in English at Kentucky Wesleyan College and Eastern Kentucky University. After four years of college teaching at Elizabethtown Community College and Kentucky Wesleyan, he studied for a Ph.D. in American literature and linguistics at Kansas State University, but left graduate work there because of illness. He later returned to graduate work at the University of Louisville, earning a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition in 1994. Having taught at the middle school, secondary school and college levels, Myers is now Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in linguistics and rhetoric.
Myers has authored more than two hundred articles, poems, academic pieces, and short stories, as well as three books: On the Inside, a collection of poems; Real Toads, a chapbook of poems on a single theme; and Barefoot, a collection of short stories. His articles and reviews on the Civil War have appeared in Kentucky Explorer, The Kentucky Civil War Journal, and The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. He serves as president of the Madison County Civil War Roundtable and contributes a bi-monthly column on the Civil War in Kentucky to the organization's newsletter. He is married to Dr. Lynn Gillaspie, also a member of the faculty at E.K.U. He has two daughters, Mitzi Gacki and Marti Brown; five grandsons, and one great grandson. He is the son of the late Carol Clement of Brandenburg, and Clarice Myers of Battletown.