Mihai Grünfeld was born in Cluj, Romania where he lived with his family until he was eighteen. In 1969 he and his older brother traveled to Czechoslovakia and from there escaped to Austria. Thus began a long journey that took him to Israel, Italy, Sweden, and Canada in search of a home in the West. Eventually he settled in the United States, where he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1987, he’s been a professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Vassar College. His published books include a 2008 autobiography, Leaving – Memories of Romania, and Antología de la poesía latinoamericana de vanguardia, published in 1995. An unpublished novel was adapted into a 2017 play entitled “The Dressmaker’s Secret,” which enjoyed a month-long sold out run in New York City. He lives with his family in Poughkeepsie, New York.