Alison Hedge Coke
Reynolds Endowed Chair, 308.865.8672

Author Terese Svoboda will read from her best-selling work at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Monday, Oct. 10.

Svoboda, whose work has been described as “disturbing, edgy and provocative” by “Book Magazine,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Choral Room, located in the UNK Fine Arts Building. Among her works are “Cannibal,” “Black Glasses Like Clark Kent,” Pirate Talk or Marmalade” and “Bohemian Girl.” Svoboda’s writing has been featured in the “The New Yorker,” “Times Literary Supplement,” “New York Times,” “Atlantic Monthly,” “Yale Review” and “The Paris Review.”

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Choral Room of the Fine Arts Building.

She is the recipient of an O. Henry for the short story, a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Humanities (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, a Jerome Foundation grant in video, the John Golden Award in playwriting, the Bobst Prize in fiction and the Iowa Prize in poetry.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia and Columbia University, Svoboda taught at Sarah Lawrence University, Fordham University, Williams College, the College of William and Mary, the University of Hawaii, the University of Miami, Fairleigh Dickenson, the New School, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) and held the McGee Professorship at Davidson College.
Svoboda produced the “Columbia Translation Series” and the PBS “Voices and Visions” series. She also created 10 poetry videos and documentaries for PBS, including “Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Getty and Internationally.” Svoboda also created “Between Word and Image” for MoMA.

Her libretto for WET, a chamber opera for death and five voices, premiered at Disney’s RedCat performance space in Los Angeles in November of 2005.

Svoboda is speaking as a part of the fall 2011 Reynolds Series, which features writers from across the United States. Other presenters this fall include: Patricia Smith, Thursday, Oct. 20; Miles Waggener, Thursday, Oct. 27; and Joy Harjo,  Tuesday, Nov. 15. Winners of the UNK Reynolds Poetry and Creative Writing Scholarship will present their work on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact: Allison Hedge Coke, Reynolds Chair in Creative Writing, at 308.865.8672 or