Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet

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About the Author

Terese Svoboda ( is an American poet, novelist, memoirist, short story writer, librettist, translator, biographer, critic, and videomaker. She is the author of five collections of poetry, five novels, a novella and stories, a memoir, and a book of translation. Her essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, The Atlantic, Poetry, Times Literary Supplement, Yale Review, Slate, and The New York Times. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship and the Money for Women Barbara Deming Memorial Prize, and she teaches fiction at the Center for Fiction in New York. Molly Crabapple is an artist, journalist, and author of the memoir, Drawing Blood.Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in and reported from Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.


"Svoboda resurrects the fascinating life and work of Lola Ridge. A lively, complex portrait emerges ... of a talented, driven woman for whom 'art and activism were one' and who deserves remembrance not just as 'a fulcrum of modernism' but a premier poet in" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"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 to the Library of Congress
"Anything That Burns You tells the riveting story of Lola Ridge, a revolutionary and influential poet of her time, now (like so many female artists) lost to history. Terese Svoboda has written a brilliant biography, as original as it is compelling" RENE STEINKE Author, Holy Skirts
"In Anything That Burns You Terese Svoboda entertainingly parses the enigmatic life and powerful writing of Lola Ridge, an immigrant who burned for many years as a vital force among American artists challenging the 'socially acceptable' limits of " JOHN SAYLES Two-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter, director, and novelist
"This is the biography of Lola Ridge many of us have been waiting for. Elegantly and accessibly written, thoroughly researched, it gives us everything we need to recover this extraordinarily versatile writer. Ridge was at the center of American modernism f" CARY NELSON Editor, Anthology Of Modern American Poetry (Oxford 2014)
"If any subject was going to entice poet, novelist and memoirist Terese Svoboda to bring her formidable narrative mastery to bear on the form of the literary biography, it had to be Lola Ridge. Bringing her own lyric eye to Ridge's poetry, Svoboda reveals " ANNE KENNEDY Author, The Last Days of the National Costume
"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