It is true that I’m talking to a photo, but I’m not crazy. Neither am I a durochka. Fools are oblivious, at least those from my childhood fairy tales. I, on the other hand, am perfectly aware of the problem. ...more
Oksana Marafioti is an American writer of Romani-Armenian descent, and the author of American Gypsy: A Memoir (FSG, 2012). Her writings have appeared in various publications, including TIMEand Slate. She has spoken extensively on social reform and cultural diversity. Most recently, Oksana was a guest speaker on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, the American Library Association, and on a televised C-Span panel titled, Race and Ethnicity in 21st Century. Oksana is a recipient of the BMI-Library of Congress Kluge Center Fellowship. Presently, she is a Guest Lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.