Jacinda Townsend is a 2001 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been writing fiction for almost a decade and has been published in numerous literary magazines, including African Voices, The Maryland Review, Obsidian II, Passages North, Phoebe, and Xavier Review. Her work has been anthologized in the O. Henry Festival Stories 2000 and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. She was a Fulbright fellow in creative writing in Cote d'Ivoire (West Africa), the producer of an annual Black History Month feature called "The Darker Ink: Writing from the African Diaspora" and for three years, she founded a minority fiction workshop under the same name. She teaches fiction writing at New York City's Gotham Writers' Workshop and was a finalist for the 2002 Hurston-Wright Award. Ms. Townsend received the Go On Girl 2003 Unpublished Writer Award for her novel excerpt "Blofué".