- Southern Europe
, one of the first Kosovar women to publish poetry in the Albanian language, teaches archeology and ancient history at the University of Pristina. Her literary work includes seven books of poetry, among them Eternity and Night’s Eye, and the plays "The Return of Eurydice" and "Little Red Riding Hood from the 'Hood." She has served in the Kosovar Parliament, as a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry, and as a member of the presidency of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK); she established the region’s first women’s democratic organization, the Women's Forum, and co-founded the Democratic Alternative of Kosova. She participates courtesy of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and the William B. Quarton International Writing Program Scholarship.