What Media Say


Indonesian writers as seen on English/foreign-language media. See also Media Clippings.


Sep 13, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

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 / The Jakarta Post
on Martin Aleida

Martin Aleida: Voicing unheard voices

Writer Martin Aleida was surprised when members of the ASEAN Literary Festival (ALF) committee apologized to him for the absence of a photograph of writers from left-leaning artist group Lekra, in a room where he was a speaker in a discussion.
Sep 07, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe
on Tere Liye

Famous Author Cuts Publisher Deal, Unveils Unfair Tax Structure for Writers

Tere Liye, an Indonesian author, announced on Tuesday (05/09) his decision to cut ties with publishers Gramedia Pustaka Utama and Republika Penerbit, effective since July 31 this year, due to a higher tax imposed by the Indonesian government to authors compared to other professionals.
Aug 31, 2017 / VICE
on Okky Madasari

How To Break Into America As A Writer

It has been a busy year for writer Okky Madasari. In May during the heat of Jakarta's tumultuous election, she stood on top of a car during ex-goveroner's Basuki Tjahaja Purnama's blasphemy sentencing, reading her poem Seorang Cina Yang Ingin Menjadi Gubernur (The Chinese Who Wanted to be Governor). A month later, she published her sixth book Yang Bertahan dan Binasa Perlahan (Those Who Sruvived and Those Who Went Extinct). The 32-year-old writer from East Java is best known for her third novel Maryam (2012), for which she won the prestigious Khalistiwa Literary Award. Now has a residency at the largest multinational writing program in the world, The International Writing Program in Iowa. Her next goal? Finally being published in the United States.
Aug 28, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Melani Budianta

Book worm: Melani Budianta: A reader of feminist literature works

Melani Budianta teaches gender studies, post-colonialism, comparative literature and cultural studies at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Literature.As a feminist and an academic, Melani is very active in the local and international scene of both fields.
Aug 28, 2017 / Dave Poems
on Khairani Barokka

Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, eds., – Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back

I’ve been an independent interdisciplinary artist, writer, and researcher since 2011, after studying new media at NYU Tisch’s ITP, a BA in Sociology/Anthropology (with minors in Russian and African Studies, yet still have not visited Russia or anywhere in Africa), and prior stints in aid work and journalism back in Indonesia.
Aug 06, 2017 / Sideways Times
on Khairani Barokka

Disabled artists are out here: A conversation with Okka

Poet, artist and writer Khairani Barokka (Okka) speaks to Lani Parker of Sideways Times about the importance of narrative, storytelling and emotions as an artist; colonialism, disability, her art and her PhD.
Jul 24, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Lily Yulianti Farid

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.
Jul 17, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus Wibowo: Making peace with identities

Visiting Australia for the fourth time, this time for the Northern Territory Writers’ Festival (NTWF), writer and photographer Agustinus Wibowo was immediately charmed by the strong presence of indigenous culture there.
Jun 07, 2017 / April Magazine
on Laksmi Pamuntjak

Laksmi Pamuntjak: literary force of Indonesia talks of female ambiguity and “Asian literature” in the West

Q. Growing up in Indonesia, how did you experience the role of women? Living in Indonesia, which, for all its open embrace of diversity, is largely still about negotiating how to guard and protect our independence and our right to be the subject of our own lives and how to adapt, within reason, to the expectations of a patriarchal society.