Jean Trounstine is a professor of humanities at Middlesex Community College who has won many awards and grants for her work. She has extensive experience in theatre and an M.F.A. in drama from Brandeis University. She is the cofounder of the women's branch of Changing Lives Through Literature, an educational alternative to prison, and the coeditor of a book by the same name. She lectures frequently and has been featured on The Today Show, Voice of America, and The Connection, and in more than thirty articles nationwide. Her writing has been published in Working Woman, The Southwest Review, The Boston Globe Magazine, and many other publications throughout the country. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts.