Adrian Schiop was born in Porumbacu de Jos, Sibiu County, in 1973. He studied Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj and took an MA in Linguistics at the same university. At the National School of Political Science and Public Administration he researched a doctoral thesis on the subject of manele (a fusion of Turkish, Balkan and oriental folk music and the urban, generally Roma, subculture surrounding it). He has also taught Romanian language and literature (Tehnofrig Industrial Lyceum, Cluj, 1997-2001), and worked as a painter and decorator (Paintech ltd., Auckland, New Zealand, 2002) and journalist (Evenimentul Zilei, Prezent, Romania libera, 2004-2010). He made his literary debut in Fracturi (2002) and has published two novels: straight/queer (Polirom, 2004) and Zero Degrees Kelvin (Polirom, 2009). His work has been translated and published in magazines in Belgium (DW B), Switzerland (Heterographe) and Germany (Parsimonie). He is a contributor to the Criticatac Internet platform.