Monica Maria Grecu was born in Cluj, Romania, in 1943 to Eugen and Cornelia, graduates of the Victor Babes University. She graduated later from the same university with double majors in English and Romanian Languages and Literatures, followed by an ESL degree taken at Oxford. She took her Ph.D. in Comparative Literatures a few years later and taught as an Associate Professor of English at Babes-Bolyai University until her departure for the United States in 1983. In 1984 she was hired by the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been teaching literature in the English department. She writers liteary criticism and poetry, loves theater and classical music, and firmly believes in the positive effect of reading, discussing, and writing upon people's minds. She is one of the directors of the Lifescapes program.