JoAnn M. Macdonald is a non-fiction writer who lives in Joppa, Maryland, near Chesapeake Bay. After becoming a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County (UUHFC) in Churchville, Maryland in 1998, she began writing in earnest about Unitarian and Universalist women of the 1800s. JoAnn contributed to her church's monthly Newsletter by writing biographies of UUFHC members. Occasionally she speaks at church on topics such as Unitarians' and Universalists' involvement in the beginnings of public education in the United States and UU women in the ministry.
Among her writings is an article, "The Tradition that Transcends Time", which discusses living-as-married from her personal point of view. It was published in the spring 2001 "Commitments" issue of Inward Springs, a periodical for liberal religious families.