Riccardo Cordiferro was born October 27, 1875, in San Pietro in Guarano (Province of Cosenza). Immigrating to America in 1892, he founded the literary journal La Follia with his father, Francesco , and brother, Marziale, in January 1893. For fourteen years he remained its director but during that time he was threatened and persecuted by various factions. In 1909 he was forced to resign the directorship, but remained on the editorial board and continued publishing his works under various pseudonyms (Cordiferro, Corazon de hierro, Ironheart, Eisenherz, Sandro, Ida Florenza, etc.) His first wife Annina Belli and their two children Franchino and Emilia all died within a two-year period (1897-1898). In October 1899 he married Lucia Fazio. Renowned for his work as a journalist (not only with La Follia but also for his contributions to La Sedia Elettrica, La Notizia, and The Haarlemite), Cordiferro was requested to speak to diverse Italian organizations but especially to labor groups. As a result of his intense socialist and anticlerical views, he was imprisoned several times. The events surrounding the Sacco and Vanzetti case saw him as official spokesman for the Utica, N.Y. pro Sacco and Vanzetti committee. Rallies for the defense of Italian anarchists often found him as the principle speaker. Besides social subjects, many of his conferences dealt with literary topics. He enjoyed popularity as a playwright with several of his dramas being performed in various American cities. Cordiferro was also the author of many songs a few having been introduced to the public by Enrico Caruso. The Depression, however, took its toll on the poet. His long search for employment can be seen in his correspondence from the thirties. These problems and hardships also affected his health, and following several months of illneww, Alessandro Sisca died on August 24, 1940. More biographical and bibliographical information on the poet can be found in Folder 1.