Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home


Homer’s Odyssey recounts the adventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, as he seeks to return home after the Trojan War. In four monthly readings, pairs of Ithaca-based writers provide their own takes on the theme of odysseys, from the physical to the intellectual to the emotional.

SESSION 1: Gail Holst-Warhaft and Aoise Stratford

GAIL HOLST-WARHAFT has been a poet, translator, journalist, academic, and musician. Born in Australia, she lived for five years in Greece, where she played harpsichord with the world-renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis and wrote two books about Greek popular music. After moving to Ithaca in 1980, she received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Cornell and taught courses on Mediterranean culture. She has published two books on grief and lament, many translations of Greek literature, and two collections her own poetry. One, Penelope's Confession, is told from the perspective of Odysseus' wife as she waits for him to return.

AOISE STRATFORD is a dramaturg, writer, and lecturer at Cornell. Her plays have won several awards and been produced around the world, including at National Theatre London, The Seymour Center, InspiraTO Festival, Solo Chicago, Centenary Stage, and others. Her play The Unfortunates won the 2012 Susan Glaspell Award and was a Time Out NY Critics Pick. Locally, she has co-authored two walking headphone plays for The Cherry Arts and adapted A Christmas Carol for The Hangar. She grew up in Australia.

Moderated by David Guaspari, playwright and board member of Ithaca City of Asylum. Cosponsored by Buffalo Street Books, Global Cornell, Cornell Migrations, Ithaca College Department of Writing, Odyssey Bookstore, Story House Ithaca, and Tompkins County Public Library.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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