Erni Aladjai


She was born in Lipulalongo Island (Jun 07, 1985), and currently lives in Makassar

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She is the daughter of a clove farmer, Hasarudin Aladjai, and Mardia Abd Karim. She finished her studies in French at the Hasanuddin University in Makassar. Before deciding to become a full-time writer, she worked as a journalist in Makassar editing news stories while managing an after-school program. Aside from writing, she worked as a freelance novel editor and managed the literature and cultural group Dapur Seni Salanggar in the Banggai Islands, Central Sulawesi.

Her works include poetry, essays, short stories and novellas published in local and national print media. Some of her works have been well-received. Her short story ‘Sampo Soie Soe, Si Juru Masak’ won third place at the Jakarta International Literary Festival (JILFest). In 2012, her novella Rumah Perahu and Sebelum Hujan di Seasea won second and third place at the Sayembara Cerber Femina 2011. In the same year, her novel Kei won the judge’s favor at the Sayembara Novel Dewan Kesenian Jakarta.

Her books that have already been published include Pesan Cinta dari Hujan (Insist Press, 2010), Ning di Bawah Gerhana (Bumen Pustaka Emas, 2013) and Kei (GagasMedia, 2013).1

  1. UWRF 2014 


  Dari Timur: Tulisan Pilihan Makassar International Writers Festival (Volume 1 – 2017)
104 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Saraswati: Wisdom & Knowledge, a Bilingual Anthology of Indonesian Writing
300 page(s), Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati
226 page(s), Dalang Publishing
  Dari Kirara untuk Seekor Gagak
(From Kirara to a Crow)
192 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Kei: Kutemukan Cinta di Tengah Perang
250 page(s), Gagas Media

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Dalang Publishing: Introducing Indonesian Historical Fiction to the U.S. (Jan 26, 2016)
An introduction to the literature of Indonesia, 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair’s Guest of Honour (Oct 14, 2015)