Mehill Velaj was born in 1957 in Kosovo. He studied Albanian Linguistics and Literature at Prishtina University. After finishing the studies, he worked as a teacher for 19 years until he left Kosovo and immigrated to the USA. He has published three collections of poetry, and was co-author of several literary anthologies. He has also worked as newspaper reporter. He lives and works in the city of Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and is currently working on his fourth poetry book.