Terese Svoboda's writing has been featured
in the New Yorker, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly,
Paris Review, among many other publications. She has published four novels, a collection
of short stories, a memoir, a book of translation and five books of poetry: Weapons
Grade: Poems (2009), All Aberration (2009), Treason (2003), Mere Mortals: Poems
(1995), and Laughing Africa (1990). Her honors include the O. Henry Prize for the
short story, the Pushcart Prize, a translation NEH fellowship, and the Iowa Prize
in Poetry. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, Williams, the College of William
and Mary, the University of Hawaii, the New School, and other schools around the
world. Before obtaining her MFA at Columbia, she filmed dance in the Cook Islands
and traveled to Sudan, living with the Nuer people.
Svoboda acted as producer for the Columbia Translation Series and the PBS Voices
and Visions series. She also created ten poetry videos and documentaries that have
been shown on PBS, the Museum of Modern Art, the Getty and internationally. Her
libretto for WET, a chamber opera, premiered at Disney's RedCat performance
space in L.A. in November 2005.