Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson (July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935) was an American journalist, political activist, and poet. She belonged to the first generation of black southerners born into freedom following the Civil War and gained acclaim for her poetry. Dunbar-Nelson’s work spans multiple genres, including autobiographies, short stories, poetry, journalism, and novelettes.
Though most often recognized for being married to poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar; Alice was just as accomplished, if not more so, than her husband.
Read Salaam’s essay on Dunbar-Nelson “Alice Dunbar-Nelson–author, educator, activist” Read The Paris Review’s article on Dunbar-Nelson “Feminize Your Canon: Alice Dunbar-Nelson”
Unfortunately, women writers born after Reconstruction and before World War One are relatively unknown in both popular literature and Black history. Alice Dunbar-Nelson ought to be better known. Spread the word and help celebrate a major writer.” —Kalamu ya Salaam