Oksana Marafioti is a US writer of Armenian and Russian Romani descent and the author of American Gypsy: A Memoir (2012). In her book, she interweaves stories from her life in the Soviet Union with her impressions and experiences as an immigrant in the United States. Her writings have appeared in Rumpus, Slate and Time magazines, the literary journals The Fairy Tale Review and Pilgrimage and in the anthology The Perpetual Engine of Hope. A classically trained pianist, Marafioti also holds a BS in Cinematography and an MFA in Creative Writing. Marafioti was a 2013 BMI-Library of Congress Kluge Center Fellow.


Marafioti, Oksana. 2012. American Gypsy: A Memoir. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Marafioti, Oksana. 2010. No Time for Betting. In: Geoff Schumacher (ed.), The Perpetual Engine of Hope: Short Stories Inspired by Iconic Las Vegas Photographs. Las Vegas: Stephens Press, p. 48.

Marafioti, Oksana. 2012. Krivoye Lake. In: Fairy Tale Review Vol. 8: The Grey Issue (2012), pp. 81-87.

Marafioti, Oksana. 2012. Why TLC’s My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding Doesn’t Represent the Romani. In: Slate, 15 May 2012. https://slate.com/human-interest/2012/05/is-my-big-fat-american-gypsy-wedding-unfair-to-the-romani-community.html

Marafioti, Oksana. 2013. Roma Writer: Actually , Stealing Children Isn’t Our Favorite Pastime. In: Time, 23 October 2013. http://ideas.time.com/2013/10/23/roma-writer-actually-stealing-children-isnt-our-favorite-pastime/ (= https://perma.cc/E4XE-36M7)

Marafioti, Oksana. 2017. On Making Wishes. In: The Rumpus, 2 May 2017. http://therumpus.net/2017/05/on-making-wishes/ (= https://perma.cc/6BZG-5YUZ)