Haleh Liza Gafori is a vocalist, translator, poet, and educator born in NYC of Persian descent. For almost two decades she has maintained and deepened her connection to her roots through singing and translating the poetry of various Persian poets. Her translations of poetry by the 13th century sage Rumi, entitled “Gold,” will be published by New York Review Books on March 8, 2022. Sharing her passion for the expansive, compassionate, and ecstatic nature of Rumi's poetry, she has performed and taught at universities, festivals, and venues across the country, including Dartmouth University, Omega Institute, and Lincoln Center. With past projects Haale and The Mast, she has performed at the Bonnaroo Festival, One Note at Carnegie Hall, and University of NC at Chapel Hill.