Romanistan podcast interviews Rowena Marin!

We at Romanistan are so delighted to share this interview with Rowena Marin, writer of Who Am I in the World?, the memoir you have to read.

Rowena is also Global Agency Lead at Google, in New York. She is the co-founder of The School of Reinvention – a company meant to help people align with their passions and purpose. Rowena comes from a closed community of Silversmith Roma from Romania and managed to succeed in her career through education based in Romania, Spain, France, India, and China. She writes about her story in order to encourage other young women from closed communities to pursue education, grow and define themselves beyond any labels.

This episode deals with some heavy themes, like the 500 years of Romani enslavement in Romania, genocide, racism, sexism, domestic violence, & more. But this episode is also full of resilience, and hope.

Our Romani crushes this episode are Giuvlipen and E-Romnja.

Listen to Romanistan wherever you get podcasts, and please enter our raffle & check out our merch to help us make more episodes! Foretold, created by the Los Angeles Times, which features co-host Paulina’s life story, is now out with new episodes every Tuesday. Check out our episode debriefs too, and our Patreon for extra content.

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About Jessica Reidy

Jessica Reidy worked on her MFA in Fiction at Florida State University and holds a B.A. from Hollins University. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and has appeared in Narrative Magazine as Short Story of the Week, The Los Angeles Review, The Missouri Review, and other journals. She’s Managing Editor for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, Art Editor for The Southeast Review, Visiting Professor for the Cambridge Writers' Workshop retreats, Outreach Editor for Quail Bell Magazine, and works as an adjunct professor and a freelance editor and writer. She also teaches yoga and works her Romani (Gypsy) family trades, fortune telling, energy healing, and dancing. Jessica is currently writing her first novel set in post-WWII Paris about Coco Charbonneau, the half-Romani burlesque dancer and fortune teller of Zenith Circus, who becomes a Nazi hunter. Visit her online at

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