PAF Presents: An Evening of Music and Poetry, in celebration of Shab-e Yalda
Saturday, December 11th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Featuring Hafez and Ferdowsi in translation and Persian; Performances by Iraj Anvar, Elizabeth Gray and Richard Jeffrey Newman
$10 suggested donation
Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train
Begin celebrating the upcoming winter solstice at this special PAF event.
Iraj Anvar co-founder and a director of the Tehran Theater Workshop, is translator of two collections of ghazals of Jalal al-Din Rumi, specializing in reciting of classical Persian poetry. He holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Literature and has over 25 years of teaching experience at major institutions and universities in both the U.S. and Iran. He played and recited Rumi in “Rumi / In the Blink of the Eye” directed by Robert Wilson in May 2007, in the Athens Festival, in Warsaw in February 2008 and in the Theater Festival of Ravenna in the spring of 2008. He also read Rumi’s poetry in the celebration of the UN for the 800th anniversary of Rumi in June 2007. He is currently teaching Persian Language and Culture at Brown University.
Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is a poet, scholar, translator, and a consultant to corporations forming or managing complex negotiations or alliances. The Green Sea of Heaven, her translations of Iran’s major medieval mystical lyric poet Hafiz-i Shirazi (d. 1389), was published by White Cloud Press in 1995 (The Green Sea of Heaven, a CD produced with Reza Derakhshani, was released in 2002). With Mr. Derakshani, Iraj Anvar, and others, she has recited and performed her translations at Harvard and Brown Universities; the Foundation for Iranian Studies; the Sackler Museum in Washington, D. C.; at Sufi Books and the Open Center in New York City; and for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. New translations of Iranian poems of dissent will appear in Poetry International in 2011. She lives in New York City.
Richard Jeffrey Newman, Poet, translator, essayist and educator, Richard Jeffrey Newman is the author of The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poems, as well as Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan and Selections from Saadi’s Bustan (Global Scholarly Publications, 2004 & 2006 respectively), translations of two masterpieces of 13th century Iranian poetry. He also co-translated with Professor John Moyne all of the poetry in A Bird in the Garden of Angels (Mazda Publishers, 2008), a selection of work by Rumi, also from 13th century Iran. In addition, he has completed a verse translation of a book-length section of Shahnameh, the Persian national epic. Richard Jeffrey Newman served as Persian Arts Festival’s first Literary Arts Director, and he continues to co-curate the monthly Shab-e She’r (Night of Persian Poetry).