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 Biography of Jeton Kelmendi

Born in the city of Peja, Kosovo (1978), Jeton Kelmendi completed elementary school in his birth place. Later he continued his studies at the University of Prishtina and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass communication. He completed his graduate studies at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, specialising in International and Security Studies.  For many years he has written poetry, prose, essays and short stories. He is a regular contributor to many newspapers, in Albania and abroad, writing on many cultural and political topics, especially concerning international affairs. Jeton Kelmendi became well known in Kosova, after the publication of his first book entitled: “The Century of Promises” (“Shekulli i Premtimeve”), published in 1999.  Later he published a number of other books. His poems are translated in more that twenty-two languages and published in a some international Literature Anthologies. He is one of the most translated Albanian Poets. According to a number of literary critics, Kelmendi is the genuine representative of modern Albanian poetry. He is a member of many international poetry clubs and is a contributor to many literary and cultural magazines, especially in English, French and Romanian Languages.  The wisdom of his work in the field of Literature is based in the attention that he pays to the poetic expression, modern exploration of the text and the depth of the message.  His Genre is focused more on love lyrics and elliptical verse intertwined with metaphors and artistic symbolism.  Kelmendi is a veteran of the War of Liberation in Kosovo led by the Kosovo Liberation Army, 1998 -1999.  Currently resides and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Published works:

-        “The Century Promises” (“Shekulli i Premtimeve”), 1999 (poetry)

-        “Beyond Silence” (“Përtej Heshtjes”), 2002 (poetry)

-        “If it is afternoon” (“Në qoftë mesditë”), 2004 (poetry)

-        “Fatherland pardon me” (“Më fal pak Atdhe”), 2005,(poetry)

-        “Where are the arrivals going” (“Ku shkojnë ardhjet”),2007 (poetry)

-        “You arrived for the traces of wind” (“Erdhe për gjurmë të erës”), 2008 (poetry)

-        “Time when it has time” (“Koha kurë të ketë kohë”), 2009 (poetry)

-        “Wandering thoughts” (“Rrugëtimi i mendimeve“) 2010 poetry


Published plays:

-        “Mrs Word” (“Zonja Fjalë”), 2007  (Drama)


Political science:

-        EU mission in Kosova after its independence 2010 USA   

Published Works In Foreign Language:

-        “Ce mult s-au rãrit scrisorile” (“Sa fortë janë rralluar letrat”); published in Romanian Language.

-        “A respiration” (“Frymëmarrje’); published in India

-        “Dame parol,” drama; published in French


(“Ku fillon heshtja”), poetry; Paris, France

-        “ΠΟΥ ΠΑΝΕ ΟΙ ΕΡΧΟΜΟΙ (“Ku shkojnë ardhjet”),

  Poetry in Greek; Greece                                             

-         “Wie wollen (“Si me dashtë”), poetry; Germany 

-        Nasil sevmeli (Si me dashtë) poetry Turkey


International Awards:

Member of the Association of Professional Journalists of Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Member of the Academy of Science and Arts of Europe, Paris, France

SOLENZARA Prestigious International Award, Paris, France

Poetry book prize MITINGU, in Gjakova 2011

Personal website

Birth Place
Tirana, AL Belgique
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