Këze (Kozeta) was born in southern town of Albania, Tepelene, on March 12, 1957. Her parents are from Mezhgorani, a village located in Tepelene, and are both with strong patriotic values. Kozeta received her B.A in Albanian Language and World Literature at the “Aleksander Xhuvani” University in Elbasan, in 1979. She continued her studies at the University of Tirana. From 1979 to 1997 Kozeta has worked in various high schools across Tirana as a teacher of Albanian and World literature.
During 1987 until 1992, however, she was forced to step down from teaching in high school and continue teaching at a lower level. This was the consequence of voicing her opinion, together with 6 teachers, for the upgrading and modernization of the high school literature texts by including more Western authors in the curriculum.
With the falling down of Communism, Kozeta was engaged strongly in the country’s transition to Democracy and was one of the members of the Christian Democratic Party of the country. During 1994-1995 Kozeta served as the Party’s General Secretary.
During this period, Kozeta wrote numerous articles in the “Ora e Shqiperise” newspaper. Likewise, for many years she has written critical articles in the “E Ardhmja” newspaper of the “Cajupi” High School. She also served as the producer of the “Miss High School” among various schools in Tirana.
On February 1997, she fled from the country’s war and exiles to the United States, where she resides in New York City.
From 1999 to 2001, she continues to further her studies in a New York City college.
From 2000-2004, Kozeta served as the Students’ Advisor at BramsonORT College.
Currently she teaches at the Globe Institute of Technology in Manhattan, NY. Likewise, she is employed by the New York’s Board of Education.
Kozeta is fully engaged in the Albanian American community. Presently she serves in the Book Publishing’s Board, as well as the Vice President of the Women’s Organization “Zeri Yne”.
For many years together with her husband, Qemal Zylo, they have organized the Albanian Flag Day amid the Albanian students in New York. Guests such as the Albanian Ambassador to the United Nation Mission, the former Congressman Joseph DioGuardi, professors, Albanian students and other nationalities attended such event. The purpose of such occasion was to celebrate this important day in Albanian history, as well as uplift the Albanian culture in the United States. As a result of such activities they have earned the respect of the Albanian students in New York. These activities have been covered by the “Illyria”, “Bota Sot” and “Dielli” newspapers as well as “The Albanian Culture” television.
The Funeral Ceremony in memory of the Albanian singer, Anita Bitri, was organized by both Kozeta and Qemal, where an array of well known Albanian artists took place. This event was published in many Albanian and Albanian American Media.
Kozeta recently published the book “The Monument of the Teardrop”, a collection of poems. The event of her book publishing day took place in National Museum of Albania, and was covered by many national news media through TV and newspapers.
She currently writes critical and creative articles in various newspapers, such as “Illyria” and “Bota Sot.” In addition, numerous of her poems are found in various Internet sites that celebrate Albanian creative writing.
Kozeta is married to Mr. Qemal Zylo and has two daughters, Valbona and Klodiana.