Monica Pelaez is an associate professor of English at St. Cloud State University. She holds degrees from Princeton and Brown. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American poetry, and she has published essays on Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. She lives in Minneapolis.
Before Black Lives Matter and Hamilton, there were abolitionist poets. In Lyrical Liberators, Monica Pelaez draws on unprecedented archival research to recover, collect, and annotate works by critically acclaimed writers, commercially successful scribes, and minority voices including those of African Americans and women.