Born in Newton, IA in 1919, Jean Connor graduated from White Plains High School, White Plains, NY. In 1941, she graduated from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT where she majored in English literature with a minor in political science. She attended Columbia University School of Library Science, earning a graduate degree in 1942. Connor pursued a career in library service in Rochester, NY, White Plains, NY, and Albany, NY, eventually becoming Director of Library Development, New York State Library, New York State Education Department where her focus was on the improvement of public library service throughout the state. Upon retirement from her library career, Connor pursued the writing of poetry. She studied at the New York State Writers’ Institute, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and the College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT. She is the author of two books of poetry, A Cartography of Peace (2003) and A Hinge of Joy (2009), both published by Passager Books.