Mónica Alexandra Jiménez

Mónica Alexandra Jiménez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in Houston, Texas.

Jiménez is the author of Epigenetics, or the Afterlives of Smoke, which was long-listed for the Frontier Poetry Chapbook Contest. A poet and historian, she is the recipient of a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation), as well as fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Puerto Rican Studies Association, the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, and the Summer Institute for Tenure and Professional Advancement at Duke University.

Jiménez currently lives in Austin, Texas, and is the assistant professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2021, she was named an inaugural Letras Boricuas Fellow by the Flamboyan Foundation.