April 21, 2016 | Thursday

April 2016 Photoblog: Kosovo’s Young Authors

In this month’s edition of the EUICC Photo Blog we honor World Book and Copyright Day celebrated on April 23 by presenting some of Kosovo’s acclaimed young authors. Their talent in poetry, prose, scripts, novels, and journalism is undeniable.  They continue to impress the public and their followers with new work, particularly leveraging the power of social media.  Starting to write from a very young age, they have developed impressive portfolios to date with great prospects ahead.


Ndriçim Ademaj is an Albanian poet, writer and translator. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Prishtina, in Kosovo and then moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied French Language and Civilization at the University of Geneva.

Two years later, Ndriçim Ademaj came back in Pristina and finished his third collection of poems, named “Këngë nga Rruga e Farkëtarëve” (“Songs from Blacksmiths’ Street”), which was published in Tirana (“Pegi”, 2015). His second poem collection “Dera” (“The door”) was published in Tirana as well (“Ombra GVG”, 2012). Ndriçim Ademaj, has also participated in many international literary festivals such as “Voix de la méditerranée”(Lodève, France, 2013), “Printemps Balkanique” (Caen, France, 2013) and  “Struga Poetry Evenings” (Struga, Macedonia (FYROM), 2014).  Photo source: Blerta Kambo


Ervina Halili was born in 1986 in Gjilan, Kosovo. She studied Albanian Literature at the University of Pristina and wrote her first verses in her early childhood. At the age of 17 she published her first poetry book ”Trëndafili i Heshtjes” (Rose of Silence) with her second book, Vinidra, (Vinidra) published in 2008. Her work was also published in national and international literary magazines and anthologies including Lichtungen, Praire Schooner, Poetry from five continents, Iz Pristine sljubavlju and Exile Writers Ink.  She participated in several poetry festivals including House of Literature, 2011 Graz, Die Besten aus dem Osten in Vienna. Photo Source:  Koha Net



Shpëtim Selmani was born in 1986 in Pristina. He studies Sociology at the University of Pristina and is completing a Masters degree in acting at the Academy of Arts at the University of Prishtina. He is one of the co-founders of the modern theater Po-Po in Ferizaj. His book with poetry Brenda Guaces (Inside the Shell) was published in 2006. In 2011 his second book came out  called “Poezi”  (Poetry) and his last book was published in 2015, called  “Shenimet e një Grindaveci” (Writings of a Wrangler). Photo source: Fidan Cerkini.



Ballsor Hoxha is a Professor of English and American Literature. For almost two decades he has been working with international projects within Kosovo and Macedonia.   He is the author of a book of three collections of poems “Nirvane” (Nirvane) at “Neokultura” publishing house in Pristina and a collection of short stories called “Bardh e Zi” (Black and White) published by “Multimedia Center”. He has also been published in a leading Austrian Literary Review “Keine Delicatessen!” as well as in German, Slovenian, Serbian and Macedonian journals. Currently he is working as a world news journalist at the Public Television of Kosovo, and is in the final stage for his upcoming book which will be printed by Saras in Tirana. In addition he is one of the most engaged columnists on culture and the arts in major Albanian and Macedonian newspapers in addition to Kosovo. Photo Source: Ballsor Hoxha




Blerina Rogova Gaxha was born in Gjakova in 1982. She obtained her MA in the field of Modern Forms and Literary Theories at the University of Pristina. Her poetry book “Gorgone” (2009) was awarded a prize at “Mitingu i Poezise” (Poetry Gathering) for the book of the year. She worked as a journalist at Radio BBC and has written columns for the daily newspaper Zëri since 2009, where she is currently editor for arts and culture. Her work was published in different national and international literary magazines and anthologies including Lichtungen and Wespenest. She participated in book fairs in Germany and won a scholarship for writers in Split, Croatia 2013. In 2013 her latest work of poetry ”Kate” was published in  Pristina by the publishing house PA . Photo source: Ridvan Slivova



Doruntina Basha was born in Pristina, Kosovo, in 1981. She studied playwriting at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pristina and received a Master’s degree from the Erasmus Mundus ‘Crossways in European Humanities’ program in the field of gender studies, (2006/08). She is an active playwright in Kosovo since 2002. Her plays have been staged in Kosovo and Macedonia and published in Kosovo and in France. Her latest play, ‘Gishti’ (The Finger, 2011) won the regional award for best socially engaged contemporary play, awarded by Heartefact foundation in Belgrade, in cooperation with the Multimedia Center in Pristina. She has written several scripts for short films in Kosovo.