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, after four years of being first a broadcast journalist and then a lawyer in New York City, went to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  Since receiving her M.F.A. she has been a Fulbright fellow to Côte d’Ivoire and has taught at universities throughout the Midwest. She has published short fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and her nonfiction has been anthologized and published in two different series of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is mom to two beautiful children.