After having studied Czech and Polish she worked in the literary departmnet of the Czech Radio. She emigrated to Switzerland, worked for a while as an assistant director in Basel Theatre. Between 1972–1977 she studied germanistics and history at the University of Basel, later she moved to Munich, where she taught German at a secondary school and worked as an editor in Radio Free Europe, where she wrote recensions and prepared cultural programmes. She published eight outstatnding verse collections. She has been living in Prague since 1994.