William Hosea and Bev Smith welcome Author and IU Assistant Professor, Jacinda Townsend.
Jacinda Townsend grew up in South-central Kentucky and has published short fiction in literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, and Xavier Review, and her work has been anthologized in such publications as Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. She has also been published in two different series of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with her two young children.
Jacinda’s debut novel, Saint Monkey, follows two girls in 1950’s Kentucky as they are raised in hardship, separated by fortune, and reunited through tragedy. Townsend’s descriptive prose, dense with imagery, portrays life in the Jim Crow South and Harlem’s heyday with startling immediacy.
Mrs. Townsand joins William and Bev on tonight’s show to share her perspective on this work and her motivations behind writing.
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