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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.

She publishes articles, poetry, essays and novells in renowned Swedish media, e.g. Göteborgs-Posten, Allt om Böcker, Fenix, Ord & Bild, Öppen Scen, Artes (published by The Swedish Academy, which is one of The Swedish Royal Academies) and Horisont. In Czech her work was published e.g. in Tvar, Obrys, Telegraf, Severské listy, Britské listy, Český dialog, Český kalendář, Literární noviny and others. She also collaborated with second largest newspaper in the country and contributed to several anthologies.

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.