Nikollë Loka

Nikollë Loka was born in Mirdita, Albania, on March 25, 1960. He has published poetic cycles in newspapers and electronic portals, including in Albanian, Italian, English, French, Romanian, and Swedish. He is the author of six poetry collections: People who grow old in the crossroads, 1998; Violated time, 1999; Far from the Homeland, 2001; A Rainbow Arch, 2013; Next Time, 2015; and Overnight pass without permission, 2017.

He has 15 poems published in the poetry collection Gherbino, 2014, which also includes the work of five Italian poets; Poetry from Balkans, Inner Child Press, New Jersey, USA, 2018; and Amarati Poetic Prism, 2018, in Vijaywada, Anthra Pradesh, India. 

He won second prize at the International Poetry Competition, Terra Lontana, 2016 in Italy, and a merit testimony in 2017. In 2018, he won the merit testimony in the national competition, Patricia Graciana, in Gioia dei Marsi in Italy.

He was a jury member at the International Poetical Festival Veliero, held at Cirò Marine, Calabria, Italy, in 2017. He is a member of several associations and clubs of Albanian writers.