Svoboda's writing has been featured in The New Yorker, Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate.com, Bomb, Lit, Columbia, Yale Review and The Paris Review. Her honors include an O. Henry for the short story, a nonfiction Pushcart Prize, a translation NEH fellowship, a PEN/Columbia Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in poetry and fiction, a New York State Council on the Arts grant and a Jerome Foundation grant in video, the John Golden Award in playwriting, the Bobst Prize in fiction and the Iowa Prize in poetry.
A University of British Columbia and Columbia graduate, she has taught at Sarah Lawrence, Fordham, Williams, the College of William and Mary, the University of Hawaii, the University of Miami, Bennington, Davidson, the New School, St. Petersburg, Russia, Nairobi, and is currently teaching graduate students at Columbia's School of the Arts. Her new book, Pirate Talk, or Mermalade, will be released in September 2010 and Bohemian Girl--with a great girl heroine!--will come out the next September.
Some thoughts on heroines:
Save me! Save me! My hero! coos the blonde. Nay—let the new heroine give the crewcut a hand. Capes are cool. This is not to say that we haven’t been hoisting guys out of trouble for a long time already—but we want the credit, the dough, the crown and the light sword.