Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albania, IWP '99) is the author of seven poetry collections in Albanian and nine collections in translation. Her poems have been published in four English-language volumes, including Haywire: New & Selected Poems (2011) from Bloodaxe Books in the UK, and Fresco (2002) and Child of Nature (2010) from New Directions in the US. Both presses will release her collection Negative Space in 2018.
Gentian ÇOÇOLI has published three collections of poetry, most recently Human Soil (2006). He has translated several contemporary American poets, and won a prize for his translation of Seamus Heaney. In 2001 his Circumference of Ash was selected a Best Poetry Book of the Year by the Ministry of Culture. The founder of the literary journal Aleph Review and of the publishing house Aleph Publishing, he currently heads the Culture and Art Department in Albania's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Albana SHALA grew up in Albania, where she worked as editor before moving to the Netherlands in 1995. She now coordinates the media programs in Kosovo and in the Caucasus at the Press Now Foundation. Her work has appeared in journals and magazines in Albania, Kosovo, Austria and the Netherlands; she has performed at literary events in the Netherlands and Belgium. In 2008 her first poetry collection Papa Dixhital was awarded the Migjeni prize by the Ministry of Culture of Albania; a second collection, Paradise in Orange, is forthcoming.
Luljeta LLESHANAKU (born 1968, Elbasan) is the author of four poetry collections, Sytw e somnambulws (1993); Kwmbanat e sw djelws (1995); and Gysëmkubizëm,which received the 1996 best book of the year award from the Eurprolindja Publishing House.
Lindita ARAPI began publishing poetry in literary magazines in 1989; her first poetry collection, Kufome Lulesh, appeared in 1993, and it received first prize at the Puglia Albania competition. Her volume of poems, Ndodhi ne Shpirt, was published in Tirana in 1995. She has taken part in various poetry competitions, and is a member of the League of Writers and Artists of Albania. She is a literature graduate from the University of Tirana and is currently manager for the poetry program sponsored by the Soros Foundation. Ms.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.