Gail Holst-Warhaft


Holst-Warhaft began translating modern Greek poetry in the 1980’s, beginning with poems of Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, which she published in Modern Poetry in Translation, and Translation Magazine. She published her translations of the complete poems of the popular Greek poet Nikos Kavadias and selected poems of Mikis Theodorakis. In the 1990’s she translated two novels for the Greek publisher Kedros and she has continued to translate Greek poetry and prose. Her most recent translation is The House by the River. She has also translated The Suppliants by Aeschylus, French poetry from North Africa and Anglo-Saxon poems.


The Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias

bi-lingual edition. Amsterdam: Adolf Hakkert, 1987. US Edition, 2006 Cosmos, N.J.

The Suppliants

In Aeschylus, 2, (eds. D Slavitt and P. Bovie). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999


I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis

Athens: Livanis, 2004.


Poems from Anglo Saxon

in The Word Exchange: Anglo Saxon Poems in Translation (G. Delanty and M. Matto, eds.) New York: Norton.

Holst-Warhaft’s translations of Greek poetry have appeared in anthologies such as _World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time, _(eds. K. Washburn et. al.) New York: Norton, 1998; Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke: The Scattered Papers of Penelope (ed. K. Van Dyck, Anvil Press, 2008, Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry (ed. Van Dyck), Penguin, 2016, and in many journals such as Modern Poetry in Translation, Translation, Stand, Aegean, Poetry Greece and Odyssey. She has translated the poetry of Seferis, Elytis, Gatsos, Ritsos, and other Greek poets for the composer Mikis Theodorakis, and her translations appear on his website and his printed scores. Her translations of Cavafy, Ritsos, Anghelaki-Rooke and other Greek poets appear in her recent book The Fall of Athens.


Achilles’ Fiancée

by Alki Zei. (Novel) Athens: Kedros, 1991.


by Iakovos Kambanellis. (Novel/Memoir) Athens: Kedros, 1995.


George Seferis: The Strong Wind from the East

(literary study) by Markos Madias, New Jersey: Cosmos, 2002.

The American

by Alexandros Papadiamandis. In The Boundless Garden. Selected short
stories of Papadiamandis ol.1, Evia, Greece: Denise Harvey, 2007.

My Home

by Melpo Axioti, in A. Leontis, (ed.) Greece: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, San Francisco: Whereabouts Press, 1997.

The House by the River

novel by Lena Manta. Amazon, forthcoming 2017.

Dream on the Wave

by Alexandros Papadianadis, in Alexandros Papadiamandis. The Boundless Garden: Selected Short Stories, vol. 2. Ed. Lambros Kamberidis & Denise Harvey, Denise Harvey Publishing, forthcoming.

The Gold Letter

by Lena Manta. Forthcoming, Amazon, 2018.