Domnica Radulescu won a national prize for a volume of short stories when she was twenty, just before she fled her native Romania during Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship. She settled in the United States as a political refugee in 1983. She is a Professor of French and Italian Literature and Chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. She has authored and edited numerous books, collections and articles on Western classical and modern theatre, women and comedy, exile narratives, representations of women in literature and culture, and performance studies. She has worked in the theatre, directed numerous plays and is the founding director of The National Symposium of Theatre in Academe. Her first novel Train to Trieste won the Library of Virginia Award for Best Fiction. Black Sea Twilight is her second novel. She lives in Lexington, Virginia, with her two sons.