Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Jean McDonough received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She worked in Chicago at a commercial photography studio before earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry Writing from the University of Michigan and her elementary teaching certification from Eastern Michigan University. Jean has taught creative writing at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, as well as public middle school art and language arts. Currently she works as an elementary school librarian and creates monoprints using gelatin plates. Jean lives in Woodstock, Illinois with her husband and daughter.