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The Jakarta Post is a daily English language newspaper in Indonesia. The paper is owned by PT Bina Media Tenggara, and the head office is in the nation’s capital, Jakarta. The Jakarta Post was started as a collaboration between four Indonesian media under the urging of Information Minister Ali Murtopo and politician Jusuf Wanandi. After the first issue was printed on 25 April 1983, it spent several years with minimal advertisements and increasing circulation. After a change in chief editors in 1991, it began to take a more vocal pro-democracy point of view. The paper was one of the few Indonesian English-language dailies to survive the 1997 Asian financial crisis and currently has a circulation of about 40,000.1


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Writer Coverage(s)


Sapardi Djoko Damono’s book of never-before-seen poems for his wife released - Aug 12, 2020
Ajip Rosidi: A prolific author, spirited literary activist passes away - Jul 31, 2020
Award-winning author Ajip Rosidi dead at 82 - Jul 30, 2020
Indonesian literary icon Sapardi Djoko Damono passes away at 80 - Jul 19, 2020
Lala Bohang explores the feminine in the fantastical - Jul 19, 2020
Google Doodle celebrates 84th birthday of literary legend NH Dini - Feb 29, 2020
Winternachten literary festival and the art of decolonization - Feb 02, 2020
Tiffany Tsao: Giving outsiders a voice - Jan 26, 2020
Eka Kurniawan turns down award from Education and Culture Ministry - Oct 10, 2019
Literary figure and senior journalist Arswendo Atmowiloto dies at 70 - Jul 19, 2019
Feby Indirani: The importance of being honest - Jun 29, 2019
Open the window: Pratiwi Juliani on writing and ‘Dear Jane’ - May 19, 2019
Between humor and violence: Seno Gumira’s quest for truth - Mar 20, 2019
Eka Kurniawan celebrates Prince Claus Award in town - Feb 23, 2019
Laksmi Pamuntjak’s first English novel ‘Srikandi’ acquired by Penguin Random House - Feb 16, 2019
‘Not A Virgin’ author brings his books to English readers - Feb 15, 2019
Author Eka Kurniawan gets Prince Claus award - Dec 10, 2018
Obituary: NH Dini, Indonesian feminist literary figure - Dec 05, 2018
Author NH Dini dies following car crash in Semarang - Dec 04, 2018
Bunga Penutup Abad: Finding Pramoedya’s words on stage - Nov 24, 2018
Author Okky Madasari ventures into new genre, launches children’s series - Nov 19, 2018
From Indonesia to Germany: The story of Nuril Basri - Oct 11, 2018
Eka Kurniawan named 2018 Prince Claus laureate - Sep 06, 2018
Literary scene mourns the death of Hamsad Rangkuti - Aug 28, 2018
Literary legend Hamsad Rangkuti dies at 75 - Aug 26, 2018
Wiji Thukul’s daughter heals tragedy with poetry - Jun 21, 2018
Beni Satryo: Play with words, with sprinkles of dry humor - Jun 11, 2018
Endang Moerdopo: Her journey as a dancer and storyteller - May 21, 2018
Laksmi Pamuntjak’s passion for all things culinary - May 14, 2018
Indonesian arts and literature scene mourns passing of Danarto - Apr 12, 2018
Intan Paramaditha: Can’t be silenced - Jan 04, 2018
Journalist, culinary expert Bondan Winarno passes away - Nov 29, 2017
NH Dini and her endless soul-searching journey - Nov 27, 2017
Eka Kurniawan: Writing fearlessly - Nov 08, 2017
Bringing back tolerance through arts, reading - Nov 03, 2017
Literary festival shines light on living legend Nh. Dini - Oct 28, 2017
Ratih Kumala: An instinctive, detailed storyteller - Oct 16, 2017
Nirwan Dewanto straddling three worlds - Oct 09, 2017
Eka Kurniawan’s ‘Beauty is a Wound’ listed in French literary award - Oct 04, 2017
Sapardi Djoko Damono reveals why he became a poet - Sep 13, 2017
Indonesian author Norman Erikson Pasaribu recognized as Southeast Asian Young Writer - Sep 13, 2017
Martin Aleida: Voicing unheard voices - Sep 11, 2017
Wiji Thukul biopic gets special award at Bulgarian film fest - Sep 05, 2017
Book worm: Melani Budianta: A reader of feminist literature works - Aug 28, 2017
Oka Rusmini: Documenting lives of Balinese women - Jul 31, 2017
Lily Yulianti Farid: For the love of writing - Jul 24, 2017
Agustinus Wibowo: Making peace with identities - Jul 17, 2017
Remembering the legacy of Pramoedya Ananta Toer - Apr 30, 2017
Poet Chairil Anwar promoted to become national hero - Apr 10, 2017
Reviving Sapardi Djoko Damono’s legacy - Mar 27, 2017
Arleen Amidjaja: Writing with children in mind - Mar 06, 2017
Riri Riza plans to make film on Chairil Anwar - Feb 27, 2017
Radhar Panca Dahana: Uncovering dirty politics layer by layer - Jan 30, 2017
Seno Gumira Ajidarma: No rest for the wicked - Jan 23, 2017
Putu Oka Sukanta wins Human Rights Education award - Dec 14, 2016
Poet Afrizal Malna turns down Bakrie award - Aug 21, 2016
‘Merayakan Chairil Anwar’ celebrates Indonesia’s independence with poetry - Aug 16, 2016
Wiji Thukul: From Solo to Locarno - Aug 11, 2016
Budi Darma: A Humble Living Legend - Jun 06, 2016
Laksmi Pamuntjak wins international award for female authors - Jun 03, 2016
Getting Personal: Seno Gumira Ajidarma Into the Twilight - May 28, 2016
Aan Mansyur: All poems are love poems - May 03, 2016
Guess what?: Dewi happy, sad about final novel - Feb 22, 2016
Indonesianist Benedict Anderson dies at 79 - Dec 13, 2015
Poet Leon Agusta dies at 77 - Dec 11, 2015
Laksmi Pamuntjak Touring Europe - Oct 26, 2015
Guess what?: Sapardi adapts poem into novel - Jun 16, 2015
Bookworm: Reading for Writing - Jun 08, 2015
Iksaka Banu: Playing with History - Mar 16, 2015
Sitor Situmorang, senior Indonesian writer, dies aged 91 - Dec 21, 2014
Veteran writers win Khatulistiwa awards - Nov 21, 2014
BookWORM – Intan Paramaditha: Escaping her comfort zone - Nov 10, 2014
Intan Paramaditha: In between two worlds - Sep 15, 2014
Elisabeth Oktofani: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters - Sep 08, 2014
Khatulistiwa Award winner’s commitment to the writing process - Jan 20, 2014
‘SAIA’: Djenar Maesa Ayu’s spontaneous celebration - Jan 09, 2014
Linda Christanty: A flair for storytelling - Nov 12, 2013
Murder most beautiful, and poems of Putu Oka Sukanta - Jul 26, 2013
Putu Oka Sukanta and poetry from prison - Jul 25, 2013
Ahmad Fuadi: Freedom in writing - Jul 25, 2013
Afrizal Malna: Encountering poet - May 31, 2013
Ayu Utami: On the fine line between audacity and honesty - Oct 06, 2012
Agus Noor, Yanusa Nugroho win ‘Kompas’ Best Short Story award - Jun 28, 2012
Breathing Poetry - May 08, 2012
Leon Agusta’s work to be performed this week - May 07, 2012
GM Sudarta: Master of the art of criticism - Mar 09, 2012
Lan Fang: A beacon in local literature - Jan 04, 2012
George Quinn: Promoting Javanese with passion - Dec 22, 2011
Ucu Agustin: Small but powerful - Dec 20, 2010
Andrea Hirata: Savoring a taste of home - Jul 25, 2010
Reda Gaudiamo: Behind glossy magazines - Jul 19, 2010
A Fresh look at the legacy of Mochtar Lubis - Apr 04, 2010
Sapardi Djoko Damono: 70 … and still kicking - Mar 31, 2010
Ahmad Tohari: “If only our leaders read literary works” - Jun 21, 2009
Azhari: The author of Aceh - Nov 16, 2008
Emha Ainun Najib: Delivering the message of peace - Oct 18, 2008
Hamsad Rangkuti: Long journey of a short-story master - Sep 27, 2008
Clara Ng: Writing for women and children - Aug 21, 2008
Ayu Utami: Explores her spiritual side - Jul 06, 2008
Dina Oktaviani: The lost biography of a young poet - May 11, 2008
Korrie Layun Rampan: Kalimantan wordsmith turns politician - Nov 10, 2007
Pramoedya and the rebirth of national culture - May 20, 2006
Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari: Love, spirituality and ecology - Apr 02, 2006
Polite teacher views human absurdity - Sep 16, 2005
Sapardi’s words pull in new generations - Sep 04, 2005
For Remy Sylado, 23761 are the Magic Notes - Jun 06, 1999

Clipping(s)


Ubud writers and food festivals to go online in October - Aug 25, 2020
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2020 postponed - Jul 17, 2020
Jakarta Content Con/Week coming in November - Feb 18, 2020
Latin American connection: Can Indonesian literature have the same influence? - Dec 08, 2019
UWRF to ponder consequences of human actions - Oct 14, 2019
Jakarta’s literary festival to highlight Southern identity - Jul 30, 2019
The increasing global visibility of Indonesian authors - Mar 06, 2019
‘London welcomes Indonesia’: 2019 London Book Fair marks 70 years of Indonesia-UK bilateral relations - Mar 05, 2019
Jakarta Arts Council names winners of novel-writing contest - Dec 06, 2018
Indie bookstores emphasize curation - Jul 23, 2018
Dee Lestari, Hanif Kureishi among speakers at upcoming UWRF - Jul 17, 2018
Balai Pustaka, TVRI to make ‘Siti Nurbaya’ television series - Jul 05, 2018
Writers’ Series 2018 encourages creation of positive narrations - May 06, 2018
Literature plays crucial role as Indonesia enters 20th year of reformation - May 04, 2018
Six UK publishers join ‘Literature Visit’ to Jakarta, Makassar - May 02, 2018
Makassar writers festival to return to Fort Rotterdam - May 01, 2018
‘Writing on Diversity’: Taking up stories against intolerance - Mar 31, 2018
Literature is the new cool - Dec 19, 2017
Indonesian writers share thoughts on Islamic diversity in Brussels - Nov 21, 2017
Politics on poets’ mind - Oct 09, 2017
John McGlynn: The uphill climb for Indonesian literature - Sep 11, 2017
The importance of literary translation for global recognition - Sep 11, 2017
Jakarta event highlights Palestinian poems - Aug 25, 2017
Indonesia International Book Fair to return in September - Aug 20, 2017
The long life of short stories - Jun 17, 2017
A tale of two Sulawesi writers: Talent vs hard work - Jun 05, 2017
The literary light from the east - May 29, 2017
Makassar Writers Festival aims to unite in diversity - May 17, 2017
Album Review: Suara Dari Jauh by AriReda - Mar 31, 2017
The illusion of ASEAN and how literature can help - Aug 03, 2016
‘Horizon’ magazine switches to online after 50 years of publication - Jul 28, 2016
Understanding Indonesia through literary festivals - Jun 08, 2016
Celebrating Indonesia’s literary fiction tradition - Jun 02, 2016
How literature awakens nationalism in times of uncertainty - May 20, 2016
Lontar to globally publish selected Indonesian poems, short stories - May 09, 2016
Short stories, poems getting scarce in printed media - May 08, 2016
Spoken word young Jakartans embrace a new poetry - Jan 25, 2016
New Year brings new opera, rhapsodies from Ananda - Jan 17, 2016
Writing our way to freedom - Nov 04, 2015
Time to shine for Indonesian literature - Oct 18, 2015
Indonesian literature stars in the making - Oct 18, 2015
Translation is key to Indonesian literature going global - Oct 16, 2015
Commentary: We miss you in Frankfurt, Mr. President - Oct 15, 2015
Little-known Indonesian writers tackle taboos on world stage - Oct 13, 2015
RI steps into world literature arena at Frankfurt Book Fair - Aug 08, 2015
Indonesian authors to be highlighted in Frankfurt - Feb 26, 2015
Rewriting the story of 1965 - Jun 08, 2014
Kate Griffin: Taking literature to a new level - Apr 28, 2014
Frankfurt Book Fair 2015: How serious is Indonesia in promoting its culture, literature? - Apr 06, 2014
Indonesian books, crossing continents - Apr 06, 2014
Literary award gives nod to historically themed work - Nov 27, 2013
‘Women of Letters’ revives lost art with new voices - Oct 31, 2013
Evenings with (reluctant) literary masters - Oct 27, 2013
Makassar writers festival to open next week - Jun 23, 2013
The obsessive twist coming your way - Mar 24, 2012

Book Review(s)


Laksmi Pamuntjak reflects on ‘Fall Baby’, her time in self-quarantine - Aug 23, 2020
Laksmi Pamuntjak’s ‘Fall Baby’ named best literary work at Singapore Book Awards 2020 - Aug 17, 2020
Indonesian literature goes digital with Sandiwara Sastra - Jul 12, 2020
Leila S. Chudori: Weaving family drama into political saga - Jun 28, 2020
Leila S. Chudori wins 2020 SEA Write Award with ‘Laut Bercerita’ - Jun 13, 2020
‘Pangeran dari Timur’ chronicles the tragic life of Raden Saleh - Apr 26, 2020
9 Indonesian book translations to read on World Book Day - Apr 23, 2020
‘The Wandering’: Intan Paramaditha’s magical red shoes - Apr 12, 2020
Let’s talk about sex: ‘C*bul’ puts spotlight on porn - Mar 11, 2020
Clarissa Goenawan pens tale of teenage misfits’ gothic soul-searching - Mar 08, 2020
Leila S. Chudori’s ‘The Sea Speaks His Name’ released by Penguin Random House SEA - Feb 29, 2020
Film adaptation of Eka Kurniawan’s novel sets sights on global market - Feb 21, 2020
‘Buru Island – A Prison Memoir’: Watermelons drained of tears - Feb 09, 2020
‘Buru Island: A Prison Memoir’ now available for English readers - Jan 16, 2020
Where the water flows: Sindhunata launches new poetry book - Dec 29, 2019
‘Beauty is a Wound’ among Literary Hub’s best translated novels of the decade - Nov 17, 2019
Discovering Indonesian-Dutch connection through poetry - Nov 04, 2019
‘I can walk… because I have legs’ Putu Oka Sukanta’s novel ‘Spaces’ - Oct 28, 2019
Putu Oka Sukanta brings historical memory to wider audience - Oct 11, 2019
Intan Paramaditha’s ‘Gentayangan’ receives PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants - Dec 13, 2018
‘The Bearded Turtle’: Novel from Aceh wins Award in Jakarta - Oct 11, 2018
Laksmi Pamuntjak: Shines through with ‘Fall Baby’ - Sep 24, 2018
Gunawan Maryanto launches new poetry collection - Sep 10, 2018
Eka Kurniawan, Eko Nugroho shed light on ‘Love Knows No End’ - Jul 17, 2018
Azhari Aiyub’s tale of the bearded turtle - Jul 14, 2018
Ayu Utami: On the Reform era, 20th anniversary of ‘Saman’ - Jun 25, 2018
Friendship and food in ‘Aruna and Her Palate’ - Jun 01, 2018
‘Bumi Manusia’ simplified to lure millennial generation - May 31, 2018
Iqbaal Ramadhan to star in ‘Bumi Manusia’ film adaptation - May 25, 2018
Dian Sastrowardoyo to star in Laksmi Pamuntjak’s book-to-movie adaptation - May 04, 2018
Journalist turns tales of undercover reporting, love in Papua into novel - May 04, 2018
Raka Ibrahim: An ode to the classics - Apr 02, 2018
Dee Lestari and her most challenging novel yet - Mar 26, 2018
Intan’s books signed by UK publisher - Mar 24, 2018
Sapardi Djoko Damono’s ‘Hujan Bulan Juni’ third novel launched - Mar 18, 2018
‘My Pain, My Country’: A detailed account of a rape victim - Feb 28, 2018
Feby Indirani: Writing religious parodies - Jan 22, 2018
Leila S. Chudori’s evolving journey - Jan 08, 2018
Bre Redana launches book, reminisces about golden era of print journalism - Jan 02, 2018
Leila S. Chudori’s latest book adapted into short film - Dec 14, 2017
Intan Paramaditha’s ‘Gentayangan’ crosses many borders - Nov 13, 2017
Sapardi Djoko Damono’s ‘Hujan Bulan Juni’ translated into Mandarin - Nov 03, 2017
’27 Days of Heartbreak’: Documenting post-breakup coping process - Sep 11, 2017
Mars Noersmono: Surviving a harsh life on Buru Island - Sep 04, 2017
‘Anak Rantau’ a story of wounds and forgiveness - Aug 28, 2017
‘Indonesia 1998’: A satirical illustration of the country’s past - Aug 14, 2017
Adults key to children’s interpretation of tolerance - Jul 22, 2017
Examining Indonesia’s collective trauma - May 22, 2017
‘Enchanting Tales from Indonesia’ - Apr 03, 2017
Essay: Literature brainstorms, not brainwashes - Apr 03, 2017
Dissecting ‘Nirzona’, a love story narrated through Aceh’s social and cultural contexts - Feb 21, 2017
‘Manusia Istana’: More than just a poetry reading - Feb 03, 2017
Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas describes life’s irony through fireworks - Jan 29, 2017
‘Twilight in Jakarta’ – A portrait of a nation on the brink of disintegration - Sep 05, 2016
‘The Silent Song of Genjer Flowers’: Against despair through storytelling - Aug 22, 2016
‘O’ a dangerous tale on The Law of the Jungle - Jul 21, 2016
New voice in Indonesian poetry - Jul 18, 2016
The unfinished story of Amba - Jun 27, 2016
Book Review: When technology takes over human life - Jun 22, 2016
Six great biographies you should read - Jun 12, 2016
Depiction of struggle of Indonesia’s gays in ‘Sergius Mencari Bacchus’ - May 04, 2016
Putting some color into poetry - May 03, 2016
AADC2-inspired poetry book sells out minutes after release - Apr 28, 2016
Fahd Pahdepie writes for love - Mar 28, 2016
Dewi Lestari bids farewell to ‘Supernova’ - Feb 27, 2016
Monsoon tiger and other Stories: From woman for women - Jan 04, 2016
Soul: Fun with books - Dec 18, 2015
I, Indonesia - Dec 24, 2014
Julia’s War On Almost Everything - Jun 30, 2013
Laksmi Pamuntjak: Beauty of the abyss - Oct 21, 2012
A Thrill Ride to Afghanistan - Jun 27, 2010
Unveiling Sexuality and social insanity - Apr 11, 2010

Writer's Writing(s)


[Let them eat] Cake
Being silenced in Ubud
Fire and Son
Frankfurt Book Fair: Indonesian authors on fire!
I hated gays, and they weren’t real — back then