Gail Holst-Warhaft is the director of the Mediterranean Initiative at Cornell and an adjunct professor in Comparative Literature and Classics. In the 1970's she performed with leading Greek composers including Mikis Theodorakis, Dionysis Savvopoulos and Mariza Koch. Her first book,
Road to Rembetika: Music of a Greek Sub-culture (1975) has been translated into Greek, German, French and Turkish. She is also the author of
Theodorakis; Myth and Politics in Modern Greek Music (1980) and many articles on Greek music.
Among her published translations are The Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias, Achilles' Fiancée (a novel) by Alki Zei,
Mauthausen, by Iakovos Kambanellis, and I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis (2004). Other books include
Dangerous Voices: Women's Laments and Greek Literature (1995),
The Classical Moment (1999), and The Cue for Passion: Grief and its Political Uses (2000).