Born in Czechoslovakia, she grew up in Prague, where she completed her high-school studies and wrote her first literary works. In 1971 she was granted political asylum in Sweden. There she graduated from the University of Lund in the domain of Psychology. During the
occupation and oppression of her native country she published in various
exile media. She was one of the cofounders of an exile magazine published from the second half of the seventies to the beginning of nineties.
At the same time, however, she also started publishing works in Swedish newspapers and journals.
Jana took part in many public readings - in Czech as well as in Swedish. She presented her work at Author Readings in Prag, Stockholm, Gothenburg, New York and elsewhere. Her poems have been translated into Swedish, Norwegian, English, Slovak, German and Persian. She definitely enjoys letters from her readers. You can read some of her poems from her book Trosečníci křištálové země (Castaways From the Crystal Country) in an English translation by clicking on "Poetry" to the left. Poems from this book received awards in an international competition in Stockholm amidst four thousand contributions from all over Europe. When this
book came out, it was declared by the Czech radio to be among the best published
in the last five years.