Rita Petro (b. 1962), also known as Rita Filipi, was born in Tirana and studied Albanian language and literature at the University there from 1980-1984. She thereafter worked in the publishing industry in Tirana. In 1993 she did post-graduate studies at the University of Athens.
Petro's verse, some of which was daringly erotic for post-Stalinist Albania, has appeared in three collections (published under her former married name Filipi): Vargje të përfolura (Defamed Verse), Tirana 1994; Shija e instinktit (The Taste of Instinct), Tirana 1998, and Këtu poshtë këndohet live (They're Singing Live Down Here), Tirana 2002.