Ilire Zajmi

Journalist // Poet

I think there's a strong need to tell our own stories. Foreign writers can write, but they can never truly feel what we feel. I went through refugee camps, through war, and touched it with my own skin.

About Ilire

When Ilire Zajmi published her first book she was met with skepticism by readers who didn’t believe that a work of that quality could be published by a young woman. Two decades later, and with 10 published books and a career spent working in television journalism, Zajmi has eliminated all doubt, and established herself as an admired reporter and poet. “New generations of female writers are excellent, and they’re fighting this prejudice,” said Zajmi, who currently works as a professor. “They don’t fear, any more, to go openly and to write.”