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Sep 13, 2017

Sapardi Djoko Damono reveals why he became a poet

The 77-year-old writer of Hujan Bulan Juni (Rain in June) recently revealed what had started him off as a poet. “I couldn’t be a general because I was too thin, I was [also] not strong enough to become a farmer,” Sapardi half-jokingly told Antara news agency during the launch of his latest book, Manuskrip Sajak (Poetry Manuscript), in Jakarta on Thursday.

Sep 11, 2017 Martin Aleida: Voicing unheard voices
Sep 07, 2017 Famous Author Cuts Publisher Deal, Unveils Unfair Tax Structure for Writers

Book Story

Sep 16, 2017

The Best International Book Releases of September 2017

Vacation season may have ended, but it’s not too late to continue your travels by reading adventurously and internationally. September is the perfect time to catch up on that book pile that’s been building up all summer, with late August and September releases rounding out work from around the world.

Sep 15, 2017 This bird also rises
Sep 15, 2017 Eka Kurniawan’s Darkly Comic Tale of Boyhood

What's New

Sep 17, 2017

AALITRA Symposium, Translating Australian Literature, 16/9/17

The highlight of the event for me, was Lily Yulianti Farid in conversation with Paul Thomas of the role literary translation has in spreading cultural knowledge between Indonesia and Australia.  I know Lily from my session at the Bendigo Writers Festival where we talked about her short story collection Family Room.

Sep 05, 2017

DKJ Literary Criticism Competition Sees Decline in Quality, Entries

Judges A. S. Laksana, Ari J. Adipurwawidjana and Martin Suryajaya announced on Thursday night (31/08) that out of a total 93 submitted manuscripts, which were written by participants ranging in age from 15 to 78, none deserved to be awarded first place because they all fell below standards.

Aug 25, 2017

Ubud Writers Festival to showcase Indonesian literature in October

For the 14th year running, Bali will play host to one of Southeast Asia’s most important literary events. UWRF 2017 is set to feature 150 authors from around the archipelago and across the world from the Philippines to Canada, South Korea and Pakistan.


May 24, 2017

Tiffany Tsao: On working with Norman for Asymptote

One of the most rewarding things about being an Editor-at-Large for Asymptote is unearthing and bringing a new life to exciting work from the countries we represent. As the Indonesia Editor-at-Large, I see my role as that ...

September 28, 2015 Aan Mansyur on Writing: The Only Way to Find Answers for His Restless Mind
July 4, 2015 Erni Aladjai: Wandering Kei


September 15, 2017

Introducing: Monthly Digest – August 2017

If you missed what happened in Indonesian literature in August, here’s a list of what we have got so far. Highlights recent pieces: insightful reviews, news updates on Indonesian literature, in addition to notable goings-on as ...

August 30, 2017

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