Radical Suburbs

Belt Publishing, 2019

Writing with brisk, upbeat directness, Kolson Hurley urges the reader to envision a very different kind of suburb: one that’s a mix of ethnic groups and income levels, where you can buy or rent a starter home for a reasonable price … She makes a great case that such a vision is vitally necessary.”—NPR

Hurley … has written a kind of Invisible Cities of urban planning—a short, concise collection of American dreams about what leaving the city and building a new community could mean, and what changed those dreams over time. To those of us who grew up in suburbs that were more defined by what you couldn’t do than what you could, Radical Suburbs is a glimpse into what American suburbia could have looked like if history had just gone a bit differently.”—Sierra 

Book talks: School of Visual Arts; Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University; Edge 2019 conference, Berlin; Rutgers University; Greenbelt Museum; Reston Historic Trust & Museum; Red Emma’s, Baltimore; Rhizome DC

Media appearances including: WAMU (The Kojo Nnamdi Show); KERA (Think); KDET


Bristol Classical Press/Bloomsbury, 2004

“Hurley’s book does a better job than anything else at bringing an educated, but Latinless, audience to the Catullan corpus.”—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“The book is eminently readable, frequently engaging and the author’s love for Catullus and his English successors shines through.”—Scholia Reviews