What Media Say

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

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.
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.