Mr. Gazmend Kapllani

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 03/28/2019

Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born author, journalist, and scholar. He lived in Athens for over twenty years. He received his PhD in political science and history from Panteion University in Athens, with a dissertation on the image of Albanians in the Greek press and of Greeks in the Albanian press.Kapllani has written his first three novels in Greek, which is not his native language. His work centers on themes of migration and minorities, borders, totalitarianism, and how Balkan history has shaped public and private narratives and memories.Kapllani’s first novel A Short Border Handbook (Livanis, Greece 2006) has been translated into several languages. It has been adapted for the stage by Bornholm Theater in Denmark and The National Theater of the Deaf in Greece. In 2017 it won the prestigious International Literary Prize of the City of Cassino in Italy


His two other novels, My Name is Europe and the The Last Page have been translated into French; the Last Page was short-listed for The Cezam Prix Litteraire Inter CE 2016.  Since 2012 he has been living in the US, where he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and writer-in-residence at Brown University and Wellesley College. Through his work as an author and a columnist Kapllani has been an advocate for human rights, fairness, and diversityCurrently he lives in Boston and teaches Creative Writing and European History at Emerson College.  





Twitter Username: @gazikap


  • A Short Border Handbook , Portobello (2009)
  • My Last Page (in Greek) , Livanis (2012)
  • Je m'appelle Europe , Intervalle (2013)


  • Rita E. Hauser Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study(2013)
  • A short border handbook (Portobello/Granta), shortlisted for the John D. Criticos Prize (
  • International Radio Grand Prix/Bronze Medal for: radio documentary “Patchwork of Borders”. International Radio and Television University (
  • Writer-in-Residence, Wellesley College(2015)
  • La Derniere Page (Intervalle, France), shortlisted for The Cezam Prix Litteraire Inter CE 2016(2016)
  • Breve Diario di Frontiera (Del Vecchio, Italy), winner of The International Literary Prize of the City of Cassino, Italy(2017)


  • Lecturer, Creative Writing, History at Emerson College (2013 - )
  • Journalist/Columnist at Greek newspaper TA NEA (1999 - 2011)
  • Lecturer, Modern Balkan History at Panteion University, Athens (2006 - 2010)


  • Doctoral Degree in Political Science and History from Panteion Univeristy, Athens (May 2007)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry