What Media Say


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


Oct 04, 2017 / Radix Media
on Innosanto Nagara

Community Spotlight: Innosanto Nagara

Innosanto Nagara is one of our favorite illustrators. We first came across the posters that he designed along with the rest of Design Action Collective. His style is unmistakable and inspiring. Several years ago, he dove into the world of children’s book publishing and has been going strong ever since. With titles that include A is for Activist, Counting on Community, and My Night in the Planetarium, Innosanto has left his mark on the children’s book industry with beautiful, socially conscious books.
Oct 04, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan’s ‘Beauty is a Wound’ listed in French literary award

Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan's debut novel Cantik itu Luka (Beauty is a Wound, or Les belles de Halimunda in French) has been included in France’s Prix Médicis 2017 literary awards list.
Sep 28, 2017 / Asymptote
on Marianne Katoppo

Marianne Katoppo: The Frog who Left the Coconut Shell Far Behind

Writer and world-renowned feminist theologian Marianne Katoppo maintained that theology was rooted in language. Asymptote Indonesia Editor-at-Large and poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu makes the case that with her writing, Katoppo also challenged and defied the systemic injustices of Indonesian society that were inherent in language, too. Enjoy Norman’s beautiful essay in English and scroll down to read it in the original Indonesian.
Sep 13, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Indonesian author Norman Erikson Pasaribu recognized as Southeast Asian Young Writer

Indonesian author Norman Erikson Pasaribu was awarded the Southeast Asian Young Writer by the Southeast Asian Literary Council (Mastera) on Monday in Jakarta.
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 08, 2017 / Broadway World Indonesia
on Agus Noor

Agus Noor Talks His Creative Process, Directorial Myths and Possible Collaborations

Agus Noor is famous for writing essays, play scripts and monologues, as well as screenplays for television, film director and show director of many theatrical performances and music concerts. Since 2011, he act as Artistic Director of Indonesia Kita program, as well as writing for them, that is held regularly in Taman Ismail Marzuki Jakarta in 4 performances a year. Also, this year is a pretty busy time for him. There are four shows that he has to prepare with Indonesia Kita (PRESIDEN KITA TERCINTA, PESTA PARA PENCURI, LASKAR BAYARAN, and KORUPTOR PAMIT PENSIUN), followed by BABE (MUKA KAMPUNG REJEKI KOTA) collaborated by Teater Abang None and Maudy Koesnaedi, and PEREMPUAN-PEREMPUAN CHAIRIL with Happy Salma and Titimangsa Foundation.
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.
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.