her childhood in the Czech city of Bílovec. She’ll always
cherish memories of this beautiful small town and the nearby
farms of both of her grandparents, where she stayed often,
helping with the farm animals and working on the land.
teachers at the University of Ostrava
and Olomouc in North Moravia were an important influence on
her maturation in the Czech language, literature, music, and
always enhanced her teaching and educational career with creative
interests. As a longtime editor of the county magazine for
children and youth, she was encouraged to write short pieces
for children produced on the radio in Ostrava.
year 1984 was a turning point in her life. She followed her
husband to the United States and settled
in California. Soon she accepted a
position at Stanford University.
free time is devoted to writing and to the study of comparative
literature. Two books written in Czech were broadcast over
a representative of the P.E.N. Center USA West and the Society
of Czech Writers she participated in several writer’s
conferences in Europe and Australia.
in America and writing also in English,
she realizes how difficult it is to express herself in a language other than the one she was born with. She’s
trying out a new audience.