Media Clippings


A compilation of every mention of Indonesian writers, written on English/foreign-language media. See also What Media Say.


Women to Read: New Voices

Aug 11, 2013 / Personal Blog by A.C. Wise
Time and time again, we hear: “Women don’t read science fiction. Women don’t write science fiction.” We all know that’s bullshit. Time and time again, this cry is answered with examples to prove the statement ...

Makassar writers festival to open next week

Jun 23, 2013 / The Jakarta Post by Andreas D. Arditya
The Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) is set to roll for a third time from June 25 to 29 at Fort Rotterdam in Makassar, South Sulawesi. MIWF theme this year is My City, My Literature, emphasizing the importance of support given by the city and its citizens in developing literary events and the appreciation of literature.

Unlocking Indonesia Through An Exploration of Its Literature

Mar 10, 2013 / The Jakarta Globe by C.W. Watson
Reading novels is an excellent way of getting to know something about a country when one is newly arrived, doesn’t know much about it, and is going to be spending some time there. Certainly this ...

Mentors for Writers

Feb 26, 2013 / Personal Blog by Bryce Alcock
A writer never stops learning how to write. Having produced dribs and drabs of prose and poetry all my life, I imagined when I set out to write in earnest four years ago that I ...

Notes about the INDONESIA Special Issue

Dec 29, 2012 / Cordite Poetry Review by Kent MacCarter
When I approached major Indonesian poet Sapardi Djoko Damono – godfather of that sprawling nation’s contemporary poetics and a renowned translator of English-language works into Bahasa Indonesia – about working with me on a kind of ‘translation exchange’ to then publish online and promote in our countries, he e-replied enthusiastically that ‘we must’!

Crossing Bloodlines

Dec 29, 2012 / Cordite Poetry Review by Deborah Cole
The poems in this collection trace the overlapping cycles of the human journey from birth to death across the space/time habitat we measure in footfalls and poetic metre. Travelled in the company of family and community, our journeys enact the species’ heritage and legacy of kinship and violence – two sides of the same struggle towards a longed-for intimacy that might negate the spatial, temporal and psychological divide between the other and the self. Through commingling languages and intertwining elocutions, this issue explores the distances and intimacies between a varied set of human journeys by poets writing in Indonesia and Australia. As these two countries are so close on maps – but oftentimes, sadly, only on our maps – these poems invite the re-arrangement of our conceptual geographies.

Understanding Obsession With Women’s Body Through Performing Arts

Apr 25, 2012 / The Jakarta Globe by Olin Monteiro


In 2012, the spirit of Kartini still resonates in the lives of many Indonesian women. Cultural performances and events were held to commemorate her birth, one of which was the theatrical performance “Goyang Penasaran” (“Obsessive ...

Thugs, Dancers and Ojek Drivers: ‘Goyang Penasaran’ is Theater With a Twist

Apr 18, 2012 / The Jakarta Globe by Catriona Richards
“Goyang Penasaran,” billed as “The Obsessive Twist” in English, is a play filled with erotic performers, motorcycle taxi drivers and your average street thugs, brought to the stage by Yogyakarta theater company Teater Garasi (Garage ...

The obsessive twist coming your way

Mar 24, 2012 / The Jakarta Post by Dina Indrasafitri
Horror movies milking the usual images of various types of ghouls and ghosts, as well as scantily clad women, who somehow find their way into the plots, still flood local cinemas. But the play Goyang ...

Editorial: 15 March 2010

Mar 15, 2010 / Poetry International Rotterdam by Sarah Ream
In his excellent ‘Brief Introduction to Indonesian Poetry’, Hasif Amini highlights how young Indonesian-language poetry is – its roots were in the 1920s, as the struggle for national independence from colonialism gained strong momentum and Indonesian (an offshoot of Malay) was proclaimed the national language of Indonesia. Despite its youth, however, Indonesian poetry is vibrant, sophisticated, eloquent and diverse, as can be seen from the poems by Sapardi Djoko Damono and Goenawan Mohamad, two active eminences grises of contemporary Indonesian literature whose shaping influence is felt on the country’s poetry today.