Jacinda Townsend grew up in Southcentral Kentucky. She left at the age of sixteen, when she went to Harvard, where she took her first creative writing class. While at Duke Law School she cross-registered in the English department, where she took her next few formative writing workshops, and in 1999, went to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since receiving her M.F.A. she has been a Fulbright fellow to Côte d’Ivoire, a Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin, and a Hurston-Wright Award finalist. She has published short fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Her nonfiction has been published in two different series of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with two beautiful children.