Moikom Zeqo

Born in Durrës, Albania, in 1949, Moikom Zeqo is a prolific author of poetry, fiction, children’s books, and monographs on history and literature. He has published more than one hundred books in his lifetime. In 1974 his third poetry collection, Meduza (published in the US as I Don’t Believe in Ghosts [BOA, 2007]), was suppressed until after the fall of Albanian communism. In 1979 Zeqo was “rehabilitated” and employed by the Archaeological Museum of Durrës and the Academy of Sciences in Tirana. In 1991 he served as Albania’s minister of culture. From 1992 to 1996 he served as a parliamentary representative in the Albanian Popular Assembly, and from 1998 to 2004 he directed the National Historical Museum in Tirana. Since then, he has worked as a journalist, art curator, and freelance writer. The US translation of his book Zodiac (Zephyr, 2015) was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Translation.

  • Darkened vertical structures rise gauzily up against a orange-purplish background
    June 6, 2019 | Moikom Zeqo
    Vincent Brassinne, “Purple Hell – Trees in Motion 2” / Flickr On June 3, 1510, the graying Arbërian prince Gjon Muzaka was sitting at his desk.[i] He had the vertiginous feeling that his eyes were u...

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