Chicago-based writer focusing on sustainable living and design
Jeff Link is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an Eddie-nominated journalist. He tells humanly drawn stories about the ways in which earth science, urban development, architecture, and design affect people and landscapes. His work has appeared in "Fast Co.Exist," "New City," “Landscape Architecture Magazine,” “Green Building & Design,” and “American Builders Quarterly.” He is a regular contributor to the Chicago Botanic Garden's member magazine, "Keep Growing."
Jeff’s expertise as a storyteller draws on former experiences writing and editing in a number of professional settings. As a development officer for the Chicago Botanic Garden, he prepared grant proposals for prospective partners and endowment reports for individual donors. His work helped secure or sustain funding for plant conservation research and education from corporations such as HSBC, Midwest Foods, Walgreens, and Kraft Foods; foundations such as the Leo S. Guthman Fund and the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; and government agencies, including the Illinois State Library and United States Department of Agriculture.
As NTI Upstream’s senior editor, Jeff directed the nonfiction publishing division. This included managing title acquisition, maintaining the editorial tone and appearance of the company's print and online materials, executing strategic branding campaigns, and envisioning the voice of the firm across a variety of digital platforms. Books under his editorial direction were featured in the "New York Times" and “Wall Street Journal,” on NPR's "Weekend Edition," and in numerous televised broadcasts.
Earlier in his career, Jeff taught rhetoric and composition in DePaul University’s First-Year Writing Program and creative writing at The University of Iowa. He began his career as a journalist for Suburban News Publications.