THE FOUNDERS

 

     Margaret Sullivan is a poet. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. She has published three books with Chicago Review Press and is a contributing author to the American Psychological Association’s text, On the Stigma of Mental Illness. Because of her background in social psychology she has taught in curricular area that include writing, consumer research and semiotics. She founded the Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College, and is recognized as an innovator in poetry education for children. Other publications: plays, essays, academic research in music consumption. Recently she taught for the Chicago School of Poetics.

  

     Throughout the 1970s Jeff Lederman created graphics for retail businesses with a strong emphasis on logo design for new restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques.  By the early 80s Jeff could be found in a down-town Chicago loft painting large abstract works and turning his design skills to furniture design, creating one of a kind pieces for the upscale Chicago interior design trade. The 80s ended with Jeff  leaving  Chicago and settling in New Mexico just outside Santa Fe. In New Mexico, he caught the wildlife rehabilitation bug and it changed the course of his life for the next twenty-five years. In 1996 his new found passion eventually sent him to British Columbia where he founded Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring Island. His facility specializes in rescuing orphaned harbour seal pups along with just about every other wild species found in the Gulf Islands. For his work with indigenous wildlife Jeff was awarded the Islands Trust Environmental Stewardship Award. Jeff has recently passed his wildlife legacy to his long-term staff and once again has been back in his painting studio full time. That is until he and Margaret began to collaborate on The Journal of Undiscovered Poets. Once again, painting has taken a back seat to another project in unknown territory.

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