Gazmend Kapllani was born in 1967 in Lusnia, Albania. In January 1991 he crossed the border into Greece on foot along with a swarm of other people. In Greece he has done all the jobs that migrants do in order to survive: builder, grill cook, and manning a kiosk. At the same time he studied at Athens University and completed a doctorate at Panteion University.
Since 2001 has been written a weekly column for Ta Nea daily newspaper.