Adrian Sângeorzan was born in 1954 in Bistrita-Nasaud, Romania. He graduated from the Medical School at the University of Cluj, Transylvania and worked as a doctor in communist Romania until 1990 when he immigrated to the United States. He lives in New York and works as a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist.
His first collection of poems translated into English, Over the Life Line, was published by Spuyten Duyvil Press, New York, introduced by notable writers Andrei Codrescu and Nina Cassian. His volume of memoirs and fiction titled Between Two Worlds – Tales of a Women's Doctor was published by Scrisul Romanesc in two editions and got the Prize for Fiction in 2005. The book came out in te US under the title Exiled from the Womb – Tales of a Women's Doctor.
He is also the author of Pe Viu (poems) published in Axa 2000 Publishing House, 2001, and Voices on a Razor’s Edge, exquisite corpse poems with Carmen Firan, The Anatomy of the Moon, both bilingual-edition Romanian-English, Scrisul Romanesc Press. He also published novels and short stories: The Circus in Front of the House, Vitali, Among Women, The Tap on the Shoulder. He is co-translator of Locul Nimănui – An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Cartea Românească, 2006. He has readings in the US and Romania: Cornelia Street Café, Arizona State University, Columbia University- International House, Romanian Cultural Institute New York, Hoboken Institute of Technology, United Nations New York etc. He published poems and fiction in several literary magazines: Romanian Literara, Interpoezia, Respiro, Galateea, Scrisul Romanesc, Mozaicul, Hyperion etc. He is member of the Romanian Writers Guild and the International Library of Poets.
This memoir, Exiled from the Womb, presents us with a new Candide, a young, optimistic and often naïve gynecologist, adrift in a Communist nightmare, and then suddenly face to face with the doubtful “paradise” of a New World. Whether it comes to performing abortions for desperate women in Romania, who’ve been forced to have unwanted pregnancies by a tyrannical dictator, dealing with right-to-life fanatics in New York or navigating the bewildering bureaucracy of a Manhattan hospital, Sangeorzan always maintains a refreshing sense of irony, a courageous compassion and a knee-slapping spirit of humor. He embodies something that’s been missing from the American scene since William Carlos Williams: the poet-doctor—a person who works to heal our all-too-impermanent bodies without sacrificing the sensitivity, intellect and humor that nourish our minds and souls.
Adrian Sangeorzan is an unusual writer, first of all because he is an unusual man with an unusual life. With his first collection of stories he walks into American literature of memoirs as confidently as he walks into the operation room next morning in order to stop patient’s bleeding. One has to be bold and independent in order to be a writer and to be a surgeon. Incidentally, boldness and independence from everybody (but not from everything, which is a big difference!) is what creativity is all about. Adrian Sangeorzan understands intuitively with his heart and talent and that is what he tells his reader in every story. His voice is very strong and genuine. This is not a belle lettre but a real voice talking about real things.