Giedra Radvilavičiūtė was born in 1960 in Panevėžys, Lithuania. She graduated from Vilnius University in 1983 with a degree in Lithuanian language and literature. After that, she worked for a few years as a school teacher in her native region of north Lithuania. From 1987 to 1994, she worked as a journalist in Vilnius, for family and parenting magazines, and from 1994 to 1998 she lived in the USA, where her husband Giedrius Subačius was teaching at Chicago University. She now lives in Vilnius, where she is working at a government institution as a language editor.