Oksana Marafioti

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Oksana Marafioti reading an excerpt from her book,American Gypsy, at the book launch of American Gypsy

Oksana Marafioti is an American writer of Armenian and Russian Romani descent. A classically trained pianist, she graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Professional Film Crew Training Program, and worked as a cinematographer before moving into writing.[1][2] In 2010 she contributed a short story to "The Perpetual Engine of Hope," an anthology featuring stories written by seven Las Vegas writers.[3] The "Fairy Tale Review" published her story "Krivoye Lake" in 2012.[4] Her memoir "American Gypsy"[5] describes her experiences in the former Soviet Union and her emigration to the United States as a fifteen-year-old just before the breakup of the USSR.[6] Her writings have appeared in Slate and Time magazines. Oksana is a 2013 Black Mountain Institute-Library of Congress Kluge Center Fellow.


  1. ^ Peterson, Kristen (July 11, 2012), "Growing up Gypsy: 'They see you as a thief and a fortune-teller'", Las Vegas Weekly, retrieved August 12, 2012 
  2. ^ King, Pat (October 16, 2000). "UNLV program promotes job creation in film industry". Las Vegas Business Press. 17 (41): 3. 
  3. ^ Geoff Schumacher (Editor), "The Perpetual Engine of Hope", Stephens Press, November 2010; ISBN 978-1-935043-35-5
  4. ^ Kate Bernheimer (Editor), Alissa Nutting (Guest Editor), "Fairy Tale Review (The Grey Issue)", Fairy Tale Review Press, 2012; ISSN 1556-6153
  5. ^ Oksana Marafioti, "American Gypsy", Farrar, Straus and Giroux, July 2012; ISBN 978-0-374104-07-8
  6. ^ "American Gypsy". Publishers Weekly. July 7, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 

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