Video Recordings of Past Events
Readings from Salient
Hudson Valley Writer’s Center, June 2021.
Liz’s reading runs from 35:02 to 56:10.
Liz translates Forough Farrokhzad
The Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA, hosted the launch of Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season as part of their Transnational Literature Series. The online event featured Liz reading selected poems from Farrokhzad’s oeuvre and discussing Farrokhzad’s life and work in conversation with her colleague and fellow-translator Chloe Garcia Roberts, Deputy Editor of The Harvard Review.
Music & Literature interview by Eugene Ostashevsky
"ETGJr: This afternoon, in 2020, I see the convergence [between the military and Tibetan material]. The Tibetan manuals–military or religious–are about deadly ground, about threatening beings. They offer advice in the face of dismemberment, of vanishing utterly. They offer ways to locate and identify those who seek to harm you. Here is how to map the sources of danger (demons or enemy batteries) hidden in the landscape. Here's the right way to build a trench in frozen ground. Here's an amulet. Here's how to pre-register artillery. Here's a charm to prevent rain. The manuals want you to believe that if you follow the instructions you will come through all this, and be safe. None of it could keep a soldier safe. That's the intense grief."Read the complete interview
TriQuarterly Online, interview by Reginald Gibbons
“In January, when I received advance proofs of Liz Gray’s long poem Salient, I was utterly taken by the uniqueness of the work. It offers the reader a kind of montage, not only as the reader moves through it, piece by piece, poem by poem, but also in how it juxtaposes two wholly different cultural realms and histories: the horrific British military offensives in Flanders fields in 1917, and medieval Tibetan tantric texts on protective magic. I wanted to know how Gray had found her way to writing this book, and wanted to understand the energies of such a seemingly improbable fusion. I was curious also about how the book evolved over time into its final and ingenious literary form.”
Conversation between Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. and Reginald Gibbons, poet, critic, and translator (Ancient Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian) on the faculty at Northwestern. The interview in full, accompanied by two poems from the book, is online at The TriQuarterly Review.Read the complete interview