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Irma Kurti

Irma Kurti (born March 20, 1966 in Tirana) is a well-known Albanian poet and writer. She graduated from the English Department of the University of Tirana in 1988, and has since worked as a teacher of English and journalist for various newspapers, such as “Mësuesi”(The teacher), and “Dita Informacion”(The Day Information), among others. In September...

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Agron Tufa

Agron Tufa was born in 1967 in Dibra, Albania. He studied Albanian philology at the University of Tirana and later world literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. There he also studied at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), where he obtained his MA in literary translation, with emphasis on the...

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Alban Bala

Alban Bala was born in Lezha (Alessio), on 24 May 1970, where he completed secondary education. Next, he started studying medicine at the University of Tirana, but dropped out in 1991, for being involved in the student movement which brought the fall of Communism in Albania. From May 1991 – to August 1993, he lived...

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Arben Dedja

Arben Dedja (born in Tirana in 1964) graduated from the Medical School of the University of Tirana in 1988 and in 1994 completed the residency in General Surgery. Since 1999 he has been living in Italy, where he works as a researcher for the University of Padua. He has earned a PhD degree from the...

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Manjola Brahaj

Manjola Brahaj was born in Tropoja, Albania, in 1986. She completed her undergraduate studies in Albanan literature and language at the Universtity of Tirana, where she also received a Master in Sciences in Theory at Literary Criticism in 2010. She is the author of several poetry books and regularly publishes in leading literary magazines. In 2010,...

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Arben Shehi

Arben Shehi  writer, architect and aesthetician was born in Shkodra in September 1954. During 1972 - 1977 he studied architecture at the University of Tirana and from 1979 till 1992 he dedicated himself to architectural planning and academic engagements as lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture (1984-1993). His published works are: Rikthimi drejt gjërave që...

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Ardian Kyçyku

Ardian Kyçyku (Pen names: ARDIAN-CHRISTIAN KYÇYKU / KUCIUK) writer of Albanian and Romanian expression, playwright, essayist, publisher and translator, author of more than 45 original books, born on the 23rd of August 1969, in Pogradec, Albania. Faculty of History and Philology at the Tirana University (Albania, 1991); Professor, Doctor in Comparative and Universal Literature at the...

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Ardian Vehbiu

Ardian Vehbiu was born in Tirana in 1959. He graduated in Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Tirana. He worked as a researcher at the Albanian Academy of Sciences, in Tirana,then as a teacher of the Albanian Language at the Oriental University Institute, Naples. He is now a freelance translator and writer in...

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Arian Leka

Arian Leka was born in 1966 in the port city of Durrës, where he attended the musical school. Afterwards he studied Albanian Language and Literature in Tirana and completed his studies in Modern Literature in Florence. He is founder of the international poetry festival Poeteka and editor-in-chief of the well-received poetry periodical Poeteka, which is...

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Azem Qazimi

Azem Qazimi is an Albanian poet, writer and translator. He was born in Struga, on 6 February 1977. He attended the University of Tirana, studying journalism, and later, earned his master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Centre of Albanological Studies. Qazimi has published two books of poems Ajri i Kryqëzimit (The Air of Crucifixion), Për Dhuntinë e Mahnitjes (On...

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Lisiana Demiraj

Lisiana Demiraj (born in Pogradec on 06.11.1987) has studied General Medicine and lives in Tirana.She is the author of the book Xanax (Tirana, 2008). She has also published writings in poetry and prose in literary magazines MM (Prishtina, 2010), Poeteka (Tirana, 2013), Milosao (Tirana, 2015). Several of her works are part of the Anthology of...

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Balil Gjini

Balil Gjini is an Albanian writer and translator. He was born in the village of Lazarat, in Gjirokastra on 16 June 1952. He studied Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Tirana and graduated in 1987. Among his publications are the collections of poems Flatra të Fluturta Fjalësh (Fluttering Wings of Words) and Fantazma...

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Bashkim Shehu

Bashkim Shehu was born in 1955 in Tirana. He studied Language and Literature at the University of Tirana. Until 1981 he worked as a screenwriter in New Albania cinematic studio. He later spent eight years in the prisons of the communist regime and two years in internment. After being released, he lived for three years...

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Viola Isufaj

Viola Isufaj is a writer and a professor of Contemporary Albanian Literature in the Department of Literature, Faculty of History and Philology, University of Tirana. She is the author of several books (research, university texts and literary fiction as well as poetry), many scientific papers, and a number of monographs. Her first novel, To Mr. M....

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Besnik Mustafaj

 Besnik Mustafaj was born in Bajram Curri in 1958. He is a well-known Albanian writer and politician. He studied French language at the University of Tirana. He worked as a teacher in Tropoja and afterwards as a professor at the University of Tirana. Mustafaj has been chief editor of the Albanian literary magazine Bota Letrare...

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Diana Çuli

 Diana Çuli, (born 13 April 1951 in Tirana) is an Albanian writer, journalist and translator. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tirana in 1973. After graduation, she joined the editorial boards of Drita and French-language magazine Les Lettres Albanaises. In 1990, she became involved with the democratic opposition, became the head of the Independent Women's...

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Eljan Tanini

Eljan Tanini studied Visual Arts and has a MA in Philosophy and Sociology. Currently, he is a journalist for Top Channel. Tanini is an active columnist and essayist for the Albanian magazine Psikologjia  (Psychology) and the journal Shqip. In 2009, during his teenage years, Eljan wrote his first book Tregu i Zeros (The Market of...

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Elona Çuliq

Elona Çuliq was born in October 1986 in the city of Shkodra. Her academic journey began with piano, continued with French language, to be concluded in 2010 with a Master’s in Psychology. Using the skills obtained volunteering and working with children’s and young people’s theatre, she is now trainer of a social theatre group that...

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Ervin Hatibi

Ervin Hatibi is a poet, painter, essayist and a well-known personality of Albanian culture. He was born in Tirana in 1974, where he studied language and literature. Afterwards, he went to Jordan to study Arabic language and Islamic theology. His verse collections have been translated into Italian, Macedonian, English and Spanish and have been part...

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Fatos Lubonja

Fatos Lubonja was born in Tirana in 1951. In 1974 he completed his studies in physics.  Because of his works against the communist regime, he was sentenced to seven years in prison. He regained his freedom in 1991. Two years after that, he was elected Secretary General of the Albanian Helsinki Committee. In November 1994...

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Flutura Açka

Flutura Açka was born 1966 in Elbasan and graduated in economics in 1988 from the University of Tirana. She worked for a number of years as a journalist in Elbasan and for the Onufri publishing company, before founding her own publishing company, Skanderbeg Books. As a poet, Flutura Açka first gained wide recognition when she...

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Gazmend Krasniqi

Gazmend Krasniqi was born in Shkodra and lives in Tirana. He is a writer, essayist, anthologist and literary historian. Among his publications are the poetry volumes: Në Kryqin e Dashurisë (At the Crossroads of Love); Skodrinon (Skodrinon); Poema (Poems); Toka e (pa)premtuar (The (un)promised Land); Fletorja e Poemave (The Notebook of Poems); Anthologies: Sprovë Antologjike...

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Gentian Çoçoli

Gentian Çoçoli was born in Gjirokaster, Albania, in 1972. He studied history and geography but soon dedicated himself to literature. For over ten years, he worked as a free-lance artist. In 1996 he founded The Aleph Review (Revista Aleph), a quarterly on literature, which soon became the focus of the young Albanian writers and translators....

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Krenar Zejno

Krenar Zejno is a poet, writer and author of several works on literature and art. He is the author of  nine volumes of poetry: Promenada (The Promenade), Epika e dehur (The Drunken Epic), Album me ninanana  (Lullaby Album), Shkronjë...(Letter), Sikurqenia  (Almostbeing), Autostoppërnë Re minor (Hitchhiking to Re Minor), Hyllirikum  (Hylliricum), AmorDheu (AmorEarth), Erotikrisht në kohën...

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Besim Fusha

Besim Fusha (f.f.besfu) was born in Tirana  on 13 April 1941. He is a photographer, creative photo illustrator and scholar of photography. He is  historian of photographic art, active publisher in the Albanian written press  and publisher of books in the respective fields. During his career he has worked as photo illustrator in the press...

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Lazër Stani

Lazër Stani was born in Shkodra on 17 January 1959. He studied biology and chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He published the short story collections Misteri i Hijeve (Mystery of Shadows), Shplakja e Santa Marisë (Un-aging of Santa Maria), Në Bregenc Shkohet për të Vdekur (One Goes to Bregence to Die ), Feniksi...

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Lindita Komani

Lindita Komani (1979) studied business and finance at the University of Graz (Austria) and specialized in master studies in the same field (Graz) as well as in EU Business Law (Tirana). Her professional life is dedicated to management and consultancy, as well as writing. Since 2003, Lindita has been publishing literary works in several Albanian literary...

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Leonard Veizi

Leonard Veizi was born on 29th of August 1968 in Tirana. He finished his studies as agrarian engineer at the Agricultural University in Kamza. He worked as a journalist in the written and electronic media since 1991. Among his works are the short stories Grahma e shpirtit të mjegullt (Gasp of the Foggy Soul), Treni ...

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Lisandri Kola

 Lisandri Kola was born in Shkodra in 12 May 1986. He has published several collections of poetry Melodia e harpës (Harp’s Melody), Rabini i pasy (The Blind Rabbi), Ungjilli (si)mbas Gjonit (Gospel According to John), As gëzuar nuk të thashë (Didn’t Even Wish You Mother’s Day), Flutrat vdesin në maj (Butterflies die in May) etc.,...

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Luljeta Lleshanaku

Luljeta Lleshanaku was born in Elbasan, Albania. She studied Albanian Philology & Literature at the University of Tirana and later she attended an MFA Program in Warren Wilson College, USA She was a fellow of “International Writing Program”, University of Iowa, in 1999 and had a fellowship from the Black Mountain Institute at the University...

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Mimoza Ahmeti

 Mimoza Ahmeti was born on 25th of December 1963 in Kruja. She has published widely and her books have been translated into Italian, French and English. Although best known for her poems, she has also written short stories, novels and articles. Mimoza Ahmeti has acknowledged a wide range of cross knowledge education: literature and linguistic,...

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Lindita Arapi

Lindita Arapi was born in 1972 in the city of Lushnja. After the studies of Albanian Language and Literature in Tirana, she completed her cultural-science studies with PhD at the University of Vienna, Austria. Lindita Arapis’s work has been translated into German, Italian, English and Croatian. She works as a journalist for Deutsche Welle in...

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Mimoza Hysa

Mimoza Hysa was born in Tirana in 1967.  1989 she finished her studies in Italian Language and Literature and in 2009 at ConsorcioIcoN(Association of 22 Italian Universities) for Italian Culture, defending a thesis about the critic of Eugenio Montale’s poetry. Afterwards she did her doctor degree in Albanian Literature at the Center of Albanological Studies...

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Mira Meksi

 Mira Meksi (27 September 1960) is a prose writer, literary translator and publicist. She graduated from Tirana University in French Philology and was specialized in Contemporary Hispanic Literature in Zaragoza, Spain, and in Literary Translation in Arles (France). She has translated into Albanian authors such as Marquez, Borges, Sabado, Paz, Dumas Kundera, Yourcenar, Duras, etc. She...

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Parid Teferiçi

Poet and painter Parid Teferiçi (b. 1972) was born and raised in Kavaja. From 1990 to 1994 he studied computer science at the University of Tirana and from 1994 to 1999, he studied economics at the Bocconi University of Milan, Italy. During 1999-2001, he served as head archivist at the library of the Don Calabria...

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Petrit Palushi

 Petrit Palushi was born in 1959, in Kukës. He studied language and literature at the University of Tirana. The author lives in Kukës. He is the author of the novels Këpucët e Kaltrinës (Kaltrina’s Shoes), Artemisa e mëkatit (Artemisia of the Sin), Njeriu që kujdesej për varrin e vet (The Man Who Took Care of...

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Preç Zogaj

Poet, prose writer and political figure Preç Zogaj (b. 1957) was born in Manatia in Lezha District. He studied language and literature at the University of Tirana and thereafter worked as a journalist and publisher. Zogaj played a significant role in the democratic movement in Albania in 1990 and served as Minister of Culture in...

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Ridvan Dibra

Ridvan Dibra was born in Shkodra on 9 January 1959. He was raised and educated in his hometown. He graduated in Albanian Language and Literature from Luigj Gurakuqi University of Shkodra. He worked as a teacher in Kukes (1982-1987) and as a journalist in Shkodra (1988-1994). Currently, he is a professor of foreign literature at...

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Rita Petro

Rita Petro (Filipi) was born on March 13, 1962, in Tirana, Albania. She has graduated from the University of Tirana, Albanian Language and Literature Branch (1980-1984). She specialized in Ancient Philosophy and Culture at the University of Athens (1993). She worked as an editor and specialist on the subject of literature for primary education (1985-2000)....

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Romeo Çollaku

Romeo Çollaku (b. 1973, Saranda, southern Albania) is a poet, prose writer, playwright, and translator. He has published five books of poetry, a novel, and a book of short stories, and has translated a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth- century European writers into Albanian and Modern Greek, among whom Villon, Mallarmé, Verlaine, Claudel, Seferis,...

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Rudi Erebara

 Rudi Erebara is a poet, novelist and translator. His first published work, the poetry collection Fillon Pamja (There Begins the Sight), is part of several poetic anthologies. Erebara has translated Robert Hass’ poetry, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as well as works by A. R. Ammons and Aldous Huxley. He won the prize as best translator...

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Rudina Çupi

Rudina Çupi is an Albanian writer. She was born in 1975 in Durres and she has studied Albanian Language and Literature at the University of Tirana. Her artistic activity includes three poetry books: "Don’t remember me the death", Shkopsitje (Unbuttoning)  and "®", and several children's books. She also writes some short prose, which was published...

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Sabina Veizaj

 Sabina Viktor Veizaj was born in Berat on 3 March 1982 and grew up in Fier, where she studied at Janaq Kilica High School. She studied Journalism at the University in Tirana – Faculty of History and Philology during 2001-2005. She then earned her Master Degree in Political Sciences. She has been working in the...

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Thanas Medi

 Thanas Medi was born in 1958, in Saranda. He followed his primary studies in Asim Zeneli high school and later on continued in the University of Tirana, where he graduated in language and literature in 1988. Till 1994 he worked as a teacher in Lunxhëri, (Gjirokastra) then he emigrated to Greece. He now lives with...

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Virion Graçi

Virion Graci was born in Gjirokastra in 1968. He studied Language and Literature. In 1992, he started working in the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA). Later he became a lecturer at the University of Gjirokastra, where he has been working for 16 years. By now, he is a researcher in the Department of Contemporary Literature at...

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Visar Zhiti

 Visar Zhiti was born in Durres in 1952. After graduating from the Higher Institute of Pedagogy in Shkodra, he started working as a teacher in the northern town of Kukës, where he started to write down his first poems that were published in the literary magazines of the time. His poems, characterized by a democratic...

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Ismete Selmanaj Leba

Ismete Selmanaj Leba was born in 1966. She ends the high school "Naim Frasheri" in her hometown Durres with excellent results and then, in 1991 she graduated from the Tirana University, Civil Engineering Faculty. The passion for literature has constantly accompanied by poetry and stories that have won multiple awards in literary time contest in...

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Ylljet Aliçka

 Ylljet Aliçka (1951) is an Albanian writer and former Albanian ambassador in France. He graduated in Biochemistry, and worked as a teacher until he began his diplomatic career. He has written several collections of short stories and novels Kompromisi (The compromise), Parullat me gure (Stone slogans) Koha e puthjeve (A time for kisses), Valsi i...

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Zija Çela

 Zija Çela, (born in Shkodër, 25 March 1946), is an Albanian prose writer. He graduated in Albanian Language and Literature (1968). In the period between 1984 -1990, he worked as the editor-in-chief of “Drita” literary newspaper and as the director of Letrat Publishing House, established in 1990, the first private publishing house. From 1997 until...

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