about jerad

jerad w. alexander


In 1998 Jerad W. Alexander enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantryman. While assigned to a rifle company headed for a six month deployment in the Mediterranean, and inspired by his introduction to works by Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, began to write dispatches for the base newspaper. From then on Jerad first working as a stringer, then full time as a combat correspondent. From 2001 to 2006 Jerad covered the Washington, D.C., anthrax attack, U.S. humanitarian operations in the Horn of Africa, and combat operations in the volatile Al Anbar province, Iraq.

Since leaving the Marines in 2006, Jerad has completed a BA in English Literature from American Military University. He has worked as a copywriter, editor, and general writer of fiction and nonfiction. In 2016 he started Nately's Magazine, a small online literary website devoted to publishing nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. That same year Nately's was listed as the Best Literary Publisher by Creative Loafing Atlanta alongside DeerBearWolf.

His other accolades include:

  • Finalist, Spring Story Contest, Narrative Magazine, 2013
  • Finalist, Serena Kennedy McDonald Prize, Snake Nation Press, 2012
  • Honorable Mention, Feature Story, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Association, 2005
  • Honorable Mention, Combat Reporting, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Association, 2005