What Media Say


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


Sep 05, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Widji Thukul

Wiji Thukul biopic gets special award at Bulgarian film fest

Director Yosep Anggi Noen's Istirahatlah Kata-Kata (Solo, Solitude), a biopic about "disappeared" Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul, whose whereabouts remain unknown until today, has received a special award at the 25th International Film Festival "Love is Folly" held from Aug. 25 through Sept. 3 in Varna, Bulgaria.
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 / 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 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 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.
May 19, 2017 / Kitaab
on Eka Kurniawan

The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Eka Kurniawan

My latest book Beauty Is a Wound (Annie Tucker) was published last year ( and in India by Speaking Tiger). As I’ve already published four novels, I think it’s time for me to take a break for a while. I don’t want my act of writing to be kind of mechanical. I want to recreate my appetite, to be hungry again. So, nowadays I only read books, meet people, travel here and there, and maybe do something that has no relation with literature at all like gardening.
Apr 30, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Remembering the legacy of Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Pramoedya Ananta Toer – who died on this day, April 30, eleven years ago – did not recede into benevolent old age nor fade gently away. In his last years, and indeed, since his final release ...