What Media Says

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

Oct 28, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Nh. Dini

Literary festival shines light on living legend Nh. Dini

A jubilant session with one of Indonesia’s living literary legends Nh. Dini was the highlight of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017.
Oct 25, 2017 / VICE
on Intan Paramaditha

When Wandering the Globe Is a Feminist Choose-Your-Own Adventure

We spoke with the rising author Intan Paramaditha about her life on the move and why "bad girls wander." Intan Paramaditha has spent the last decade moving from place to place, but, for this rising Indonesian author, the concept seems to take on a more ethereal state of being. She describes it with the word "gentayangan," which, sure it means "wandering," but it's typically used to describe ghosts who refuse to cross over to the other side.
Oct 16, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Ratih Kumala

Ratih Kumala: An instinctive, detailed storyteller

Pursuing a career as a writer requires a lot of energy and persistence, according to novelist-scriptwriter Ratih Kumala. Suppose you are walking to an Indonesian restaurant with a friend. You both sit at a table before taking a glimpse at bottles of sarsaparilla and kerupuk(deep fried crackers) sitting atop it. You might not think too deeply about them. That is not the case for novelist, short story writer and scriptwriter Ratih Kumala, who said that she had a penchant for developing stories from small, often trivialized things, such as the objects that were sitting on our table during an interview in mid-September.
Oct 09, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Nirwan Dewanto

Nirwan Dewanto straddling three worlds

Nirwan Dewanto, mostly known for his poetry, has launched a series of works in the world of both literature and visual arts. From Sept. 2 to 11 last year, Nirwan organized an exhibition at the Dia.Lo.Gue artspace in Kemang, South Jakarta, in conjunction with the launch of his book, Satu Setengah Mata-Mata (One-and-a-Half Spies, OAK Publishing, 2016), a collection of essays on visual arts.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.