Terese Svoboda
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“Radical, modernist, fiery, glamorous, feminist— adjectives and categories can only gesture toward the enduringly significant life and works of the poet Lola Ridge, whose story has been gracefully told, with her poems lucidly understood, by Terese Svoboda.”

—Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress

“We need more books like this one.”

—Rene Steinke, author of Holy Skirts

“In Anything That Burns You, Terese Svoboda entertainingly parses the enigmatic life and powerful writing of Lola Ridge.”

—John Sayles, twice-nominated Academy Award screenwriter, director and novelist

“No one who cares about American culture will want to miss this book.”

—Cary Nelson, editor of Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford 2014)

“In this glorious and important book, Svoboda rehabilitates Ridge from the crime of being born a woman.”

—Anne Kennedy, New Zealand poet and author, The Last Days of the National Costume

Synopsis:

The first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights far ahead of her time.

Reviews:

“fascinating... one can grasp the psychology and ambition of a talented, driven woman... who deserves remembrance not just as “a fulcrum for modernism” but as a premier poet in her own right.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Discovering Ridge’s work and life will be a delight for readers of women authors, feminism, and poetry, especially those interested in activist writers.”

LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A passionate defender of the poor and oppressed receives a full-length biography.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Svoboda’s riveting biography reminds us that there are other ways to love and work, to transcend today’s often narrowly defined vision of what makes a committed citizen, a dedicated artist, or a fulfilled life.”

NORTH WEST REVIEW

“Svoboda’s book...offer[s] a powerful introduction to this neglected figure and her world.”

OPEN LETTERS MONTHLY

“Ridge was an anarchist at a time when, as biographer Terese Svoboda writes, “anarchy was a political possibility.”

CRITICAL FLAME

“Ten years before Virginia Woolf called for a room of one’s own, this radical poet paved the way for literary feminists.”

THE NEW REPUBLIC

“The Radical Modernist We Won't Forget Twice”

THE BOSTON REVIEW

“An extraordinary international life distilled into striking poems.”

SHELF AWARENESS

“Terese Svoboda’s unpredictable, often experimental prose takes many forms, from offbeat explorations of divinity to a novel about pirates told entirely through dialogue. Here, she veers into nonfiction with a biography of Lola Ridge, poet, anarchist, and editor, who has been hailed in recent years by the likes of Robert Pinsky.”

VOL. 1 BROOKLYN

“An enlightening and thoroughly researched biography of the poet and activist Lola Ridge.”

LARGEHEARTED BOY

“This biography rescues Ridge from history’s dustbin.”

B. MORRISON

“We should be immensely grateful for this excellent biography of a poet too long forgotten.”

WOMEN'S REVIEW OF BOOKS

“Sex Permeates Everything: The Poetry of Lola Ridge”

WEIRD SISTER

“Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2016.”

BIG OTHER

“Favorite Books We Read in 2015.”

NEW ZEALAND BOOK COUNCIL

“The Art of Biography: Falling In and Out of Love.”

POETS & WRITERS

“New Release Mention”

BOOK RIOT

“Spotlight”

DIESEL

“Forthcoming: Carl Rollyson”

The New Criterion

Interviews:

“The Rumpus Interview with Terese Svoboda”

RUMPUS

“Featured Binder: Terese Svoboda”

OUT OF THE BINDERS

“Worthy of her Words: Why Lola Ridge is ripe for discovery.”

POETRY FOUNDATION

“Poetry off the Shelf Podcast: A Radical Poet’s Radical Poet”

POETRY OFF THE SHELF

“Featured Binder”

OUT OF THE BINDERS

“The Too Small House”

L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS

“Terese Svoboda on Lola Ridge”

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