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Jul 24, 2017

Lily Yulianti Farid: For the love of writing

A bundle of energy with contagious enthusiasm, Lily Yulianti Farid is best known as the founder of the Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF). The accomplished writer with a doctorate in gender studies from the University of Melbourne has created something magical with this annual festival, now in its seventh year, and in doing so she has made a lasting contribution to the life of the nation.

Jun 07, 2017 Laksmi Pamuntjak: literary force of Indonesia talks of female ambiguity and “Asian literature” in the West
May 19, 2017 The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Eka Kurniawan

Book Story

Jul 13, 2017

Riding high: The secrets of Indonesia’s finest novelist

EKA KURNIAWAN’S hugely inventive fiction is a potent blend of grounded realism and flighty fantasy. It has led some to describe him as Indonesia’s finest writer since Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who died in 2006.

May 28, 2017 Paper Boats by Dee Lestari
May 23, 2017 Negeri Kabut

What's New

Jun 17, 2017

The long life of short stories

Kompas, one of the oldest national dailies, serves as the antithesis of digital media domination by having published short stories in its Sunday edition since day one in 1965. The newspaper has archived 2,214 short stories so far and it has been a breeding ground for now famous writers and illustrators. It is still considered a prestigious destination for beginners sending in their work.

Jun 08, 2017

50 years on: Indonesia to host Asean literary festival in August

INDONESIA’s capital Jakarta will again host the fourth annual Asean Literary Festival (ALF) in August 2017 as the regional Southeast Asian bloc celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Now in its fourth year, to promote freedom of expression and discuss contentious issues in a region that is increasingly authoritarian.

Jun 05, 2017

A tale of two Sulawesi writers: Talent vs hard work

Faisal Oddang and Erni Aladjai: their paths to national fame could not have been more different. But one thing that links them is the Makassar International Writers Festival, an annual event on the national literary calendar that seeks to give writers from eastern Indonesia the chance to break into the nation’s publishing world, which is still dominated by writers from Sumatra, Java and Bali.


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


June 7, 2017

Eight new paperbacks from Makassar International Writers Festival to check out this week!

Themed “Diversity”, the seventh edition of the Makassar International Writers Festival took place on May 17-20 in Fort Rotterdam, Makassar. Packed with more than 75 participating writers and nearly 50 programs, the festival easily becomes ...

April 26, 2017

Engaged Literature — An Examination of Social Issues Reflected in Contemporary Indonesian Literature

by L.G. Saraswati Putri. First published in Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia — Bril Online Books and Journals, Volume 172, Issue 2-3, 2016. Republished with permission, under the CC-BY-NC license.   Literature ...