|Eric Markowitz earned his B.A. in English and M.A. in Writing from DePaul University. He received an M.A. in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University.
His wide range of teaching experience includes working with at-risk youth (students on probation, wards of state, and teenage mothers); youth with emotional and behavioral disorders; students with a wide variety of learning disabilities; and young victims of sexual abuse. He is currently a special education teacher with the Chicago Public Schools.
Markowitz, a guitarist and songwriter, met Kowalkowski while attending DePaul's music school. He has appeared on over a dozen CDs with a variety of musicians, his most recent being The Chamber Pot Orchestra .
Markowitz is also a brain tumor survivor (see the Chicago Sun-Times article). When he's not teaching or recording in Chicago, he enjoys traveling the world with Karla, who just so happens to be a travel writer and his beautiful partner for life.
Jeff Kowalkowski is a composer, performer, and educator. Recent activities include the creation of a new evening-length performance with Lucky Pierre. Jeff has been a member of this Chicago-based performance collective since 2000, and has performed with the group in New York City, Estonia, Switzerland, and Croatia.