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. In 2010 she contributed a short story to "The Perpetual Engine of Hope," an anthology featuring stories written by seven Las Vegas writers. The "Fairy Tale Review" published her story "Krivoye Lake" in 2012. Her memoir "American Gypsy" 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. Her writings have appeared in Slate and Time magazines. Oksana is a 2013 Black Mountain Institute-Library of Congress Kluge Center Fellow.