Poet. Educator. Writer
ALEJANDRO JIMENEZ is a spokenword/performance poet, writer, educator, and avid distance runner from Colima, Mexico, living in New Mexico. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist, multiple time TEDx Speaker/Performer, and Emmy-nominated poet, whose work centers around cultural identity, immigrant narratives, masculinity, memory, and the intersections of them all. He is a TIN HOUSE Writers Workshop participant. His work has appeared in The Acentos Review, The Latino Book Review, Yellowscene, As/Us Journal, Rethinking Schools, and other publications. He has also been featured in Radar2021|Telemundo|NBCUniversal and Tracksmith. His self-published book, Moreno. Prieto. Brown. (2017), has sold over 2,000 copies and has been incorporated in curricula across various school districts.
As a formerly undocumented immigrant to the US, Alejandro learned very quickly how easily people can be ignored and go unheard and unnoticed. Though not always the easiest of things to do, he learned that he needed to use his voice to let the fire in his chest burn free instead of burning him. He is a firm believer that words can transform, heal, and take you to places never thought imaginable. He is a firm believer that we hold so much collective power to be agents of change in our communities.