Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton). Her short fiction has appeared in Auburn Avenue, Callaloo, Carve Magazine, Copper Nickel, Passages North, poemmemoirstory, and Salon, as well in the anthologies Appalachia Now, Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature, Surreal South, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has published short creative nonfiction in Al Jazeera English, Smithsonian magazine, and The White Review, and in the anthologies Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Literary Mama, and Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Côte d'Ivoire. She has taught at the University of California-Davis, Berea College, Indiana University, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Southern Illinois University, among others. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.