Native American Tribe Divided by U.S.-Mexico Border Featured in Upcoming Novel from Acclaimed Author

The Poison of War, by Jennifer Leeper, tells the story of a murder on the Tohono O'odham Nation in the American Southwest.

Online PR News – 16-November-2019 – Kansas City, Missouri – Life for the Tohono O'odham Nation pushes on in spite of the line drawn through the middle of tribe's land that separates its lands between the U.S. and Mexico, but that line may be growing in size as the federal government eyes a larger border wall.

Kansas City-based author Jennifer Leeper spent time in the American Southwest, which left a powerful impression on her, and led to her decision to base her upcoming novel on that specific Native American land that sits in limbo.

"I choose to focus specifically on the Tohono O'odham because of the unique challenges they face as a people living at, and on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border," Leeper said. "The Tohono O'odham Nation's struggle to maintain the historical openness of their particular stretch of borderland—an openness once respected by the United States government—is timely considering the heated exchanges happening around the proposed border wall."

Leeper, an award-winning author, is set to release The Poison of War through Prensa Press Nov. 19.

The novel spotlights the landscape of the American Southwest and this unique Native American culture through a murder mystery that brings to the fore timely issues of the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, drug trafficking and the reservation culture of the Tohono O'odham tribe of southern Arizona.

The crime mystery's unique cultural setting at this point in time in American history aims to not only entertain readers, but to draw attention to the declining independence of this bi-national tribe whose terrain and traditions are being threatened by a 63 miles of proposed border fencing.

"Even though I lived there only a brief time, the American Southwest made a powerful impression on me. It haunts me in the best possible way, offering a fertile place, both literally and figuratively, for much of my fiction to grow," Leeper said. "The people of the Southwest—particularly the indigenous peoples, the desert and the intersection of both are in many ways what gives my writing life its continued momentum."

The Poison of War, which is being published by Mexico City- and Chicago-based Prensa Press, is set for release Nov. 19, 2019. The novella will be available nationwide. More information is available at

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About Jennifer Leeper: Jennifer Leeper is an award-winning fiction author whose previous or forthcoming publications credits include Independent Ink Magazine, The Stone Hobo, Poiesis, Every Day Fiction, Aphelion Webzine, Heater Magazine, Cowboy Jamboree, The New Engagement, Alaska Quarterly Review, Falling Star Magazine and The Liguorian. She has had works published by J. Burrage Publications, Hen House Press, Inwood Indiana Press, Alternating Current Press, Barking Rain Press, Whispering Prairie Press, and Spider Road Press.

Ms. Leeper's novella, The Poison of War, published through Prensa Press, spotlights the landscape of the American Southwest and Native American culture through this murder mystery that brings to the fore timely issues of the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, drug trafficking and the reservation culture of the Tohono O'odham tribe of southern Arizona. The region carries special meaning for Ms. Leeper as she lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a child and even though she currently lives in Kansas City, the spirit of the Southwest region continues to shape her writing.

About Polly Jiménez: Polly Jiménez, the illustrator of the cover and interior artwork and design, is a fine artist and illustrator from Mexico City who is known for her delicate, narrative-driven watercolors. Jiménez studied Visual Communication at Centro and Visual Storytelling at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work is inspired in the small details that are characteristically from Mexican culture.

About Prensa Press: Operated out of dual studios based in Mexico City and Chicago, Prensa Press is a boutique publishing house and creative studio founded in 2018 by Paul Biasco and Polly Jiménez. With a mission of working with passionate writers, chefs, artists, architects, designers and dreamers to help craft and bring their stories to print, Prensa brings a flexible approach to each project. Purposefully selective to ensure focus on each client's individual vision, the team strives to take risks, experiment in new mediums and techniques and tell each story in its own unique fashion. More information can be found by visiting