Joen Kinnan began her career as a secondary school English teacher in Ohio and Michigan. After moving to the Chicago area, she became a writer and later department head for Marquis Who’s Who, a publisher of biographies. Subsequently, she served as a senior associate with William M. Young & Associates, where she developed and delivered workshops around the country. When that company closed upon Dr. Young’s retirement, she founded Cygnet Communications, an independent company that provides writing, editing, proofreading and consulting services. While affiliated with the Independent Writers of Chicago, she held many offices, including that of president. She has taught writing and editing courses at Oakton Community College and Concordia University. Joen Kinnan is a graduate of Denison University and did postgraduate work at Ohio State University and Michigan State University at Oakland.