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Indiana University Bloomington

Jacinda Townsend

Jacinda Townsend


Assistant Professor

M.F.A., University of Iowa, 2001
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1995
B.A., Harvard University, 1992

Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which follows the lives of two girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky's Black community shortly after the Korean War. Chapters of the novel have been published in Mythium Journal, WomenArts Quarterly, and in the award-winning journal poemmemoirstory, and an excerpt from the novel earned Jacinda a 2008 Illinois Arts Council grant. Saint Monkey will be published in 2014 by W. W. Norton and Company.

Townsend has previously published short fiction in literary magazines such as The Maryland Review, Obsidian II, and Passages North. Her fiction has also been anthologized in such publications as Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists; her nonfiction has been published in two different series of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a former Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing and a Hurston-Wright Award finalist. She is working on a new novel called Souria, a portion of which has been published in Thin Air.