Portrait of Papusza, the mother of Romani poetry
I’m so delighted to share my Twenty Gypsy Women You Should be Reading with everyone In honor of Roma and Traveller History Month,. Gypsy culture is vastly misunderstood and underrepresented, and literature is a beautiful way to discover it. You may not have heard of many of these writers before but they will astound you with their talent. Happy reading!
“And while I spend a lot of time on my soap box bellowing that Roma and Travellers are just human, as a storyteller and a poet, I will say that some of the most beautiful, dark, and hauntingly fantastic stories I’ve ever heard or read have been from Gypsies. It’s a MathildeVonThieleworld-view that outsiders would never be able to reach on their own, and I feel this poignantly as a not-quite-white looking girl who grew up knowing that, way back, her Gypsy…
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I was introduced to your latest article, “Twenty ‘Gypsy’ Women You Should Be Reading” via a friend. I just wanted to say thanks and I’m looking forward to reading more about these women. My grandmother was grew up with a Roma mother and an Irish Traveller father. She told us many stories growing up and all these things remind me of her, which makes me happy. I’m really excited to read more of your work!
Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad that it spoke to you. What an interesting mix of cultures– there’s just nothing better than grandmother’s stories.