Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born polyglot author, journalist, and scholar. He is the author of two collections of poetry in Albanian and four published novels (three written in Greek and one in Albanian). His work centers on themes of migration and minorities, borders, totalitarianism, and how Balkan history has shaped public and private narratives and memories. His first novel A Short Border Handbook has been translated and published into ten languages. In 2017 it won the International Literary Prize of the City of Cassino in Italy. His three other novels, My Name is Europe, The Last Page and Wrongland have been published so far in French, Albanian, and Greek. 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. He taught creative writing and European history at Emerson College in Boston. Currently, he lives in Chicago, where he directs the Hidai “Eddie” Bregu Program in Albanian Studies.