Join New York poet, musician and translator, Haleh Liza Gafori, for a discussion and performance reading of her new translations of the poems of the great Persian mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi.

The writings of Rumi, considered the greatest poet of the Persian language, induce a sense of ecstatic illumination and liberation, bringing serenity, compassion and oneness with the divine. They remain masterpieces of world literature. 

Gold Rumi, the new translation by Haleh Liza Gafori, preserves the intelligence and the drama of the original poems, which are as full of individual character as they are of visionary wisdom.


About The Poet

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Haleh Liza Gafori

Haleh Liza Gaforiis a poet, translator, and musician born in NYC of Persian descent. Her book Gold, translations of poems by the Persian sage and mystic Rumi, was published by New York Review Books in March of 2022. A graduate of Stanford University, her own work has been published by Columbia University Press, Literary Hub, and Rattapallax. As a musician, she has toured extensively with various projects, adapting Persian poetry to song and performing at venues such as David Byrne’s One Note at Carnegie Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Bonnaroo. She performs and teaches workshops on Rumi’s poetry at universities, arts centres, and festivals across the US.