Romeo Çollaku (b. 1973), was born in the southern port town of Saranda, across from the island of Corfu in neighbouring Greece. He studied Albanian language and literature at the University of Gjirokastra and now lives in Athens, Greece.
Çollaku is an author of Albanian verse of high linguistic finesse, which has appeared in three collections: Zemër virgjine (Virgin Heart), Tirana 1993; Gjithë diell e natë (All Sun and Night), Tirana 2003; and Kumbaraja e kohes (The Piggy Bank of Time), Tirana 2004. He has also published the novel Varrezat e vendlindjes (Hometown Cemetery), Tirana 2002, and Albanian translations of the poets Yannis Ritsos, Jorgos Seferis, Paul Verlaine and Stephane Mallarmé.