Luljeta Lleshanaku

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1968 –

100

Who is Luljeta Lleshanaku?

Luljeta Lleshanaku is an Albanian poet who is the recipient of the 2009 Vilenice Kristal prize for world poetry She was educated in literature at the University of Tirana and was editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Zëri i rinisë. She then worked for the literary newspaper Drita. In 1996, she received the best book of the year award from the Eurorilindja Publishing House. In 1999, she took part in the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa. She is the author of four poetry collections, one volume of which has been translated into English: Fresco, available from New Directions. The writer, critic and editor Peter Constantine, in his introduction to Fresco, sums up her style in this way:

Luljeta Lleshanaku is a pioneer of Albanian poetry. She speaks with a completely original voice, her imagery and language always unexpected and innovative. Her poetry has little connection to poetic styles past or present in America, Europe, or the rest of the world. And, interestingly enough, it is not connected to anything in Albanian poetry either. We have in Lleshanaku a completely original poet."

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Born
Apr 2, 1968
Elbasan
Also known as
  • Лешанаку, Лульета
Nationality
  • Albania
Profession
Education
  • University of Tirana

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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