Greek-Βorn Poet and Teacher Stratis Haviaras Passes away aged 85

The National Herald

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Greek-born poet and author Stratis Haviaras died aged 85 in the United States, where he had lived and taught for over 40 years.

Haviaras was author of "When the Tree Sings", which was shortlisted for the National Book Award and won the American Library Association Notable Book award. He was editor of Harvard Review and founder of several poetry periodicals, including Arion's Dolphin, and taught creative writing for several years at Harvard University and in Greece.

Haviaras, who held an MFA, had started his career as a builder on construction sites in Greece and had published poetry collections when he came to the attention of distinguished translator and philologist Kimon Friar, who invited him to work with him in the United States.

His funeral will be held at his home town in Nea Kios, near Nafplio in the Peloponnese.