"Svoboda’s poems are as haunting as they are funny, as pleasurable as they are powerful,” wrote Publisher’s Weekly about Terese Svoboda’s Weapons Grade that she will read from at the L.A. Book Festival. Her fifth book of poetry, it contains poems that appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Paris Review, New Yorker, and Tin House. Her first book, All Aberration, (U. of Georgia Press, 1985) was an ALA Notable Book nominee. Her second, Laughing Africa,(U. of Iowa Press, 1990) won the Iowa Prize. Her third, Mere Mortals, (U. of Georgia Press, 1995) was featured in the New York Times Book Review. Her fourth, Treason (Zoo Press, 2002) was a Booksense Pick-of-the-Week and reviewed in the L.A. Times: “Svoboda agilely balances between: ironical, tough-minded, refusing the "treason" of our sad human trafficking in love.”--Carol Muske-Dukes. Her ten poetry videos have appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, Ars Electronica, MoCA, PBS and many venues internationally. Past recipient of PSA’s Emily Dickinson and Cecil Hemley Awards, her fifth novel, Pirate Talk or Mermalade, is “a strange and nastily beautiful book” according to The Millions. Her sixth novel, Bohemian Girl, will be published this fall.
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