Joe McDonough is an artist, author, musician, and comedian. He has studied performance and writing at The Second City-Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre-LA and Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop in Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he currently divides his time between North Carolina and New York.

His fiction was selected by judge Karen Russell as one of nine finalists among 2,200 entries for the 2012 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest.