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Diaspora in Character: How Literary Activism Shapes Cultural Identity
10.12.2020 / 19:00 bis 20:30
The current Picador Guest Professor Oksana Marafioti is an US-American author of Armenian and Russian Romani descent. Her book “American Gypsy: A Memoir” was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012. Here she interweaves stories from her childhood and youth in the Soviet Union with her experiences as an immigrant in the USA, where she moved at the age of 15. Her texts have appeared in The Rumpus, Slate and TIME, as well as in The Fairy Tale Review and Pilgrimage.
Oksana Marafioti will read from “American Gypsy” and her essay “On Making Wishes” (The Rumpus) and speak with Daniel Peña about how literary activism shapes cultural identity.
Daniel Peña was the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig in the Winter Semester 2017/18. He is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. His texts have appeared in The Rumpus, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, NBC News and the Guardian. His novel “Bang” was published by Arte Publico Press.