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Cover design by Dan Meth, illustration is from this map.

Mongrel Tongue is a collection of prose poems and hybrid texts, selected by National Book Award winner, Daniel Borzutzky for the 1913 Prize for First Books.


Since SPD (Small Press Distribution) sadly and suddenly went under, unfortunately, the book is only available from a single bookstore based in Amsterdam, a wonderful place called Boekie Woekie.


“These are half stories from a fully experienced observer, peering out at the light that brings her the news. The new world is here still being discovered by a woman we recognize by her likeness to another woman we don’t recognize. A prophetic and hilarious book.”
—Fanny Howe

“ With lyrical brilliance and discipline, Megin Jiménez’s Mongrel Tongue swerves through the many ways we live with and among disaster. The narratives here are boundless; everywhere there is a body searching for home, a political exile, a climate refugee, a body that’s absorbed, a body that refuses to be absorbed, a body that refuses to disappear into history.  I’m thrilled by the vibrancy of this debut, by the worlds it creates amid worlds that make us vanish.”
—Daniel Borzutzky

About me

Megin Jiménez is a Venezuelan-American translator, poet and writer. She studied at the University of Denver and Université de Paris IV, and received an MFA from The New School in New York. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky and other journals. She works as a translator and lives in New York. 


Email: meginj [at]

Header image: 1565 map by Ferando Bertelli and Paolo Forlani, Library of Congress