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Project Albanian Voices 2014 Update!
Hi everyone! I know it has been a while since I last published an update. I’ve been working on the book a great deal and here’s a brief summary of what’s been going on with me and Project Albanian Voices. If you want the video version, just watch below.
Last spring I ran a Kickstarter campaign that got funded to about 80%. Even thought it was really great, it wasn’t enough for us to reach our goal, so we did not get any money. However, we did get some great experience and exposure. Since I couldn’t go to Albania in the summer of 2013, I decided to study Albania in my own country instead.
So in July, I went to Michigan to speak at St. Paul’s Albanian Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, which is just north of Detroit. There I met a lot of great people and made some wonderful friends. You can read about that experience here.
I went back to Michigan in September for the festival at Our Lady of Albania Catholic Church. I have not yet published an article about that, but I but you can read about it in Albanian here and here.
You can also see photographs of that event here.
And in December I was invited to Michigan again for the Ditë Letërsisë, which was the annual literary conference, where I met distinguished Albanian writers and other important community members. Again, I have not yet published my experiences about it, but you can read about it in Albanian here.
In terms of the book, I am pleased to say that I am almost done with the first volume. I have decided to break it up into two parts. The part that I’m almost ready to send to the editors is about my experience in Michigan as well as in the Dominican Republic and what I’ve learned about Albania so far. I continue to work on the Albanian language every day and watch Albanian TV is much as I can. I have lots of great plans for this year including another crowd-funding attempt and hopefully a trip to Albania.
I am very grateful to the people who have helped me throughout this process, especially those who have shared their stories with me and those have opened up their world publicly to us for this project. I look forward to talking with more Albanians about their culture and history in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in being involved in this project in any way. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.
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