Son of Greek refugees from Salihli in Asia Minor and Sozopoli on the Black Sea, Tolis Nikiforou was born in Thessaloniki in 1938. He graduated from Anatolia College, studied Business Management and worked as a bank employee, a translator and, mainly, as a management consultant until 1999. He lived in London and traveled during the dictatorship, returning to Thessaloniki in 1971.
Tolis Nikiforou belongs to the second post-war generation of Greek poets. He has published 14 collections of poetry, 5 collections of short stories, 3 novels and 3 books of fable. Some of his poems have been translated into Albanian, Bulgarian, English (in the U.S.A. and Canada), French, German, Italian, Rumanian and Spanish and included in several Greek and foreign anthologies.