What Media Say

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

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 ...
Apr 27, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe
on Putu Oka Sukanta

Putu Oka Sukanta Hopes New Book Will Reveal Truth Behind 1965 Tragedy

Despite his advanced age, the 78-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. With his latest book, he feels that he carries a responsibility to reveal the truth about the 1965 tragedy so the people, especially younger generations could learn from it. "My goal is actually very simple. I just want to establish an equal society, despite the differences. These victims and their families are part of our history and they deserve to be known and recognized by society," Putu said.
Apr 19, 2017 / Disability Visibility Project
on Khairani Barokka

Interview with writer/artist Khairani Barokka

How do we make literature more accessible in terms of different audiences including the actual format of prose/poetry? Khairani: This really is the question, isn’t it? I think we should pay writers more and fund ...
Apr 10, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)

Poet Chairil Anwar promoted to become national hero

Writers from West Sumatra have proposed renowned poet Chairil Anwar to be awarded a national hero title for his contributions to Indonesian literature. The head of the forum of Chairil Anwar’s national hero nomination, Gus TF Sakai, said Sunday that Chairil deserved ...
Mar 27, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Reviving Sapardi Djoko Damono’s legacy

No one can deny that Sapardi Djoko Damono is the pioneer of lyrical poetry in Indonesia and one of the country’s greatest poets. His works have been re-published multiple times, shining a light for literature ...
Mar 24, 2017 / Kitaab
on Laksmi Pamuntjak

The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Laksmi Pamuntjak

I write because it’s the one thing I know how to do. It’s a need and a sickness, a weapon of struggle and an instrument of grace. It’s work and leisure, a way of life. ...