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12 June 1963 (age 55)|
Mimoza Ahmeti (born 1963) from Kruja is one of the ‘enfants terribles’ of the nineties, who set about to expand the horizons and explore the possibilities offered to her by her own senses. Dragging the nation, in her idiosyncratic manner, along the bumpy road to Europe, she has managed in recent years to provoke Albania’s impoverished and weary society into much needed reflection which, with time, may lead to new and more sincerely human values. After two volumes of verse in the late eighties, it was the fifty-three poems in the collection Delirium, Tirana 1994 (Delirium), which caught the public’s attention. Mimoza Ahmeti’s poetry has been well received by the new generation of readers in tune, for the first time, with Western culture. Her candid expressions of wide-eyed feminine desire and indulgence in sensual pleasures, and the crystalline fluidity of her language have already made of her a modern classic. The traditional polarization of male and female verse would seem to dissolve under the passionate force of her quill.
Her most recent book is The Pollination of Flowers. Ahmeti has published widely and her books have been translated into Italian, French and English. Although best known for her poems, she has also written short stories and articles. She has ventured into music, participating in several Albanian music festivals, as well as painted a series of nudes.
Ahmeti was a candidate for the Democratic Party of Albania in the 2001 local Tirana elections, in which she was defeated.
Ahmeti won in the Festival of Poetry of San Remo, 1998, organized by Rai Uno. She also appeared in the second edition of the Albanian version of Dancing with the Stars. In 2010 she was invited to the "international literature festival berlin".
- Rreze Abdullahu
- Lindita Arapi
- Flora Brovina
- Klara Buda
- Diana Culi
- Elvira Dones
- Musine Kokalari
- Helena Kadare
- Irma Kurti
- A portal to Ahmeti's poetry, prose, and an extended biography
- Entry in The Other Voices International Project, a "cyber-anthology" of world poetry
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