Oksana Marafioti

Oksana Marafioti - Editor

Las Vegas, NV, USA

I'm a bestselling and award-winning author, teacher, and editor. I love books and writers!

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I'm a bestselling and award-winning memoirist, teacher, and editor. I love books and writers!
Although I write full-time, my true calling has always been teaching. In this capacity, I've helped hundreds of writers to improve their craft, reach their goals, and really fall in love with their narratives. I think this experience makes me the perfect editing partner for writers.

I'm an experienced editor with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry, skilled in developmental/copy editing and proofreading, as well as in web content and journalism. I speak three languages, which makes me quite comfortable working with non-native English speakers. Need a ghostwriter? I can do that, too. I'm very punctual and always meet my deadlines. I think staying on task with things comes from my experience homeschooling my two kids, one of whom started college at sixteen. Writing projects are exciting, no matter the stage. Where most writers shrink away from editing, I embrace it. There's nothing better than helping bring a story to life, and most of the time, the journey of getting there takes more than one person.

I work hard for my writers because I believe that if you've come this far in your writing it means you have something important to say and that you need to be heard.

I'm a college English/Literature professor and I love helping other writers reach their potential so much that I also teach creative writing courses and host professional writer talks at a writing studio I founded in 2016.

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Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Romance
Short Story
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing

Awards

  • Library of Congress Kluge Center Research Fellowship
  • Picador Professorship Award for Distinguished Writing

Work experience

Writer

Netflix
January, 2022 – Present (9 months)

Literary Chair of Literature

University of Leipzig, Germany
August, 2020 – May, 2021 (9 months)

Guest Professorship for Literature Award.

Founder

Self-employed
May, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)

Lounge Writers is a creative writing studio where writers of all levels can come together to enhance their craft. I believe that meaningful interactions with like-minded people enrich the story-telling process and help creativity thrive. Our workshops, lectures, classes, and panels are led by professional and award-winning writers. I personally design and teach some of the classes, focusing on every aspect of the craft, from outlining to polishing. As part of our services, I also provide multi-level editing services to writers in various genres. I work closely with my clients to help them reach their goals. You can find us at loungewriters dot com.

Visiting Guest Lecturer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
August, 2015 – May, 2017 (over 1 year)

Co-Editor

Central European University, Critical Romani Studies Journal
May, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

My task as a co-editor of the special issue of the Critical Romani Studies Journal is to compile a list of short stories written by authors (many of them also academics) from all over the world. To ensure the highest quality of writing, I'm personally involved in all levels of the editing process, from developmental edits to proofreading. A large number of authors aren't native English speakers. My multilingual and editorial backgrounds allow me to efficiently work on grammar, syntax, semantics, and content assessment with this group of highly accomplished professionals.

English Instructor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
May, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

Kluge Fellow

Library of Congress
August, 2012 – May, 2013 (9 months)

A Kluge Fellowship award recipient.

Author

Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
April, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

American Gypsy: A Memoir

Oksana Marafioti

A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming AmericanFifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It means getting your hair cut in "the Lioness." It also means enduring sneering racism from every segment of Soviet society. Her father is determined that his girls lead a better, freer lif... read more

A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming AmericanFifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It means getting your hair cut in "the Lioness." It also means enduring sneering racism from every segment of Soviet society. Her father is determined that his girls lead a better, freer lif... read more

Donatti's Lunatics

Ana Mara

When a team of ghost hunters goes rogue, Olivia Stone, rookie federal agent, is dispatched to investigate. What starts off as a simple assignment quickly turns into a job from hell. Literally. Not only does Olivia join the ghost hunters in a battle against murderous demons, she also falls hard for James Donatti, the team's enigmatic leader who makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. As... read more

When a team of ghost hunters goes rogue, Olivia Stone, rookie federal agent, is dispatched to investigate. What starts off as a simple assignment quickly turns into a job from hell. Literally. Not only does Olivia join the ghost hunters in a battle against murderous demons, she also falls hard for James Donatti, the team's enigmatic leader who makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. As... read more

Fairy Tale Review: The Grey Issue #8

Kate Bernheimer

When we speak of grey as a location, placing a thing into a grey area, the color represents territory where the definite becomes lost. Grey lets us know that the truth is not always clear; even the most well-known paths can turn strange when a low grey cloud of fog rolls in. Grey is an act of subtraction, the loss of sun, joy, and color. Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs, said Dic... read more

When we speak of grey as a location, placing a thing into a grey area, the color represents territory where the definite becomes lost. Grey lets us know that the truth is not always clear; even the most well-known paths can turn strange when a low grey cloud of fog rolls in. Grey is an act of subtraction, the loss of sun, joy, and color. Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs, said Dic... read more

The Perpetual Engine of Hope: Short Stories Inspired by Iconic Las Vegas Photographs

K. W. Jeter, Dayvid Figler, Juan Martinez, Oksana Marafioti, Alissa Nutting, Megan Edwards

The Perpetual Engine of Hope, a collection of short stories inspired by vintage Las Vegas photographs, takes you on an epic journey from the heyday of the mob era to a dystopian future of dashed dreams. No matter the genre, from crime noir to horror, psychological drama to urban fantasy, these stories have something compelling to say about Las Vegas and its ability to inspire hope even amid th... read more

The Perpetual Engine of Hope, a collection of short stories inspired by vintage Las Vegas photographs, takes you on an epic journey from the heyday of the mob era to a dystopian future of dashed dreams. No matter the genre, from crime noir to horror, psychological drama to urban fantasy, these stories have something compelling to say about Las Vegas and its ability to inspire hope even amid th... read more

A Change Is Gonna Come: Reinvention in the City of Second Chances: Essays, Stories, and Poems (Las Vegas Writes)

Scott Dickensheets

Experience the “Real Las Vegas” Through Writings About ReinventionIn a wide-ranging anthology that moves from the ancient artists of southern Nevada who carved petroglyphs into rock walls to contemporary family trauma, 10 Las Vegas essayists examine the weight of the past on the present―and, perhaps, the future. Set in and around a city with its own peculiar and complicated relationship to the... read more

Experience the “Real Las Vegas” Through Writings About ReinventionIn a wide-ranging anthology that moves from the ancient artists of southern Nevada who carved petroglyphs into rock walls to contemporary family trauma, 10 Las Vegas essayists examine the weight of the past on the present―and, perhaps, the future. Set in and around a city with its own peculiar and complicated relationship to the... read more

Immigrant Voices, Volume 2

Gordon Hutner

A compelling collection of essays providing a comprehensive vision of immigration to the United States in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries—the indispensable companion to Immigrant Voices.Filled with moving narratives by authors from around the world, Immigrant Voices: Volume II delivers a global and intimate look at the challenges modern immigrants confront. Their stories, told wi... read more

A compelling collection of essays providing a comprehensive vision of immigration to the United States in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries—the indispensable companion to Immigrant Voices.Filled with moving narratives by authors from around the world, Immigrant Voices: Volume II delivers a global and intimate look at the challenges modern immigrants confront. Their stories, told wi... read more

Oksana has 15 reviews

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Agatha Noveille
Oksana did a fantastic job with the developmental edits for my story. I've published nonfiction through a division of Simon and Schuster but this was my first time venturing into fiction outside of creative writing classes. She is very supportive and gives specific, actionable feedback. I can't wait to work with her again!

Agatha Noveille, September 2022


apple rose
Thank you Oksana for your professional editor work, very pleased.

apple rose, May 2022


Bonni Brodnick
Oksana was the perfect editor for my memoir because of her experience having written a memoir, "American Gypsy," which was published by the prestigious house, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her professionalism was tops. Great communicator; always got back to me in a timely manner. Her edits are excellent!! A member of my author society suggested I try Reedsy. I'm so glad I did.

Bonni Brodnick, February 2022


Fern Adair
Oksana Marafioti gave encouragement during the process with edits reaching beyond punctuation and sentence structure, although included. She demonstrated insight into my vision for the story while maintaining the style of my writing. Her edits inspired clarity and polish from me to continue the work. Oksana has given me the confidence to publish. Thank you Oksana Marafioti. I hope there will be...
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Fern Adair, October 2021


georgia leigh
Oksana was professional, punctual and her comments were very helpful to a new author. She definitely gave me a few hints that were not part of the assignment, and her feedback was excellent.

georgia leigh, October 2021

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