Townsend Walker

Townsend Walker grew up in western Maryland and graduated from Georgetown (B.S. Foreign Service), New York University (M.A. Economics), and Stanford (Ph.D. Economics). During a career in banking, he lived in New York, Paris, London, Rome, and San Francisco and wrote three books on finance: A Guide for Using the Foreign Exchange Market, Managing Risk with Derivatives, and Managing Lease Portfolios.

His story ideas come from cemeteries, foreign places, paintings, violence, and strong women. Mr. Townsend’s most recent book is the short story collection 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies, a finalist for the 2018 International Book Award in two categories, Fiction: Short Stories and Fiction: Mystery/Suspense. His novella, La Ronde, was published in 2015.

His stories have appeared in over 70 literary journals and have been included in ten anthologies. “A Little Love, A Little Shove” and “Holding Tight” were nominated for PEN/O. Henry Awards. Four stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood.

Dr. Walker lives in San Francisco and in addition to working on his stories, he teaches a workshop in creative writing to incarcerated veterans at San Quentin State Prison.

Book Reviews by Townsend Walker

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Fabulous as in “resembling or suggesting a fable.” But in this book, not necessarily “of an incredible, astonishing, or exaggerated nature.” Definition from Merriam-Webster

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“If you go down to the woods today,
You better not go alone.
It’s lovely down in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.”
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

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“The seven stories in Hunter’s Moon feature a recurring cast of men and women, and in each tale a new aspect of their character is revealed.

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“Scenes from the Heartland is a book to read for anyone interested in American values and history, told in lingering prose that sinks into the soul.”

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“J. S. Breukelaar is a writer of obvious talent, demonstrated over and over in this collection.”

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Kehinde Wiley, the artist known for his portraits of street blacks in historical settings, said, “Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it g

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The characters in these ten stories are not people you’d want to meet. That is how well Wilson brings them to life. You’d probably not even want them in the neighborhood.