About Me

Gail Holst-Warhaft

Gail Holst-Warhaft was born in Australia. She has been a journalist, broadcaster, prose-writer, poet, academic, musician, and translator. In the 1970’s, while researching a book on Greek music, Holst-Warhaft performed as a keyboard-player with Greece’s leading composers, including Mikis Theodorakis and Dionysis Savvopoulos. Among her many publications are Road to Rembetika (1975, 5th edition 2013), Theodorakis: Myth and Politics in Modern Greek Music (Hakkert, Amsterdam, 1980), Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias (1987), Dangerous Voices: Women’s Laments and Greek Literature (Routledge, 1992), The Cue for Passion: Grief and its Political Uses (Harvard UP, 2000), I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis (Athens, Livanis, 2005), and Penelope’s Confession (Poetry, Cosmos, NJ, 2007), Losing Paradise: The Water Crisis in the Mediterranean (Ashgate, 2010), Water Scarcity, Security and Democracy: A Mediterranean Mosaic (2014). She has published translations of Aeschylus, and of Greek poets and prose-writers including Iakovos Kambanellis and Alki Zei. Her poems, articles and translations of Greek poetry have appeared in journals in the US (Literary Imagination, Bookpress, Seneca Review, Antipodes, Per Contra, Literary Matters), the U.K. (Agenda, Stand), Australia (Southerly), and Greece (Poetry Greece). She was Poet Laureate of Tompkins County for 2011 and 2012. Her latest book is a collection of poetry, memoir and essays about Greece, The Fall of Athens, (Burlington, VT, Fomite Press, Fall 2016).