Picador Reading - "Diaspora in Character: How Literary Activism Shapes Cultural Identity

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 19:00 to 20:30

Please join us for Picador Professor Okana Marafioti’s reading on Thursday, December 10, 7pm! The reading will take place digitally, available on the offical Picador website (please click here) and on the Facebook page of Leipzig University (please click here).

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.

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.

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.

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