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 ideas come from cemeteries, foreign places, paintings, violence and strong women. Stories have appeared in over seventy on-line and print journals and have been included in ten anthologies. “A Little Love, A Little Shove” and “Holding Tight” were nominated for a PEN/O.Henry Award. Four stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood.

He is currently writing a series of stories based on the original collage works of Beverly Mills.

Townsend lives in San Francisco.