Jacinda Townsend

Jacinda Townsend

Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950’s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Saint Monkey was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She is a former broadcast journalist and lawyer. 

United States

Families of African Americans killed by police talk of trauma

On the 5th anniversary of Tamir Rice's shooting, victims' families share the trauma that follows police brutality.

Families of African Americans killed by police talk of trauma

Education

How to close the educational achievement gap in the US

An initiative is closing the gap between African American students and their peers by recognising collectivist culture.

How to close the educational achievement gap in the US

September 11

I remember the day ... 9/11: An American perspective

The author was preparing for her wedding on 9/11. What followed was a journey through the US and the American psyche.

I remember the day ... 9/11: An American perspective

Women's Rights

US: Parenting in a country with no paid maternity leave

The US is the only industrialised country that does not guarantee some form of paid maternity leave after childbirth.

US: Parenting in a country with no paid maternity leave

Women Make Change

Meet the woman freeing Mauritania's slaves

In a country where slavery can be as much a psychological state as a physical one, Salimata Lam tackles it holistically.

Meet the woman freeing Mauritania's slaves

US & Canada

Tragedies to question, tragedies to ignore

When a white male shoots people, we ask why, but no explanations are needed when the killers are Muslim.

Tragedies to question, tragedies to ignore