Ed Fotheringill is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.S. degree in Philosophy from Towson State College (1973) and his M.L.A. degree in the History of Ideas from the Johns Hopkins University (1978).

From 1983 - 1986, he studied meditation and pranayama with Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Head of the Sufi Order of the West; from 1986 - 2000, he studied meditation and Hindu Philosophy with Yoga Master Sri Swami Satchidananda. From 1979 - 1992, Ed was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Towson State University; from 1989 - 2003, he was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Peace Studies at Goucher College; from 1990 - 2005, he taught meditation, pranayama, and Hindu and Buddhist Philosophy at three yoga centers in Baltimore: Heaven and Hell, Meridian Martial Arts Centre, and Charm City Yoga. He has been an Adjunct Professor at MICA since 2009, teaching courses in Philosophy, Intellectual History, and Literature. Ed is also the author of five philosophical novels and a children's adventure story: Lanterns in the Mist; Darkness Withdrawn OR The Eclipse of Nietzsche's Shadow; Halfmoon Confidential; Anaximander's Annex; Midnight Tango; and A Snowy Night on Old Baldy Mountain.