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Juniarso Ridwan


Born Bandung (Jun 10, 1955), currently resides in Bandung

Whilst he was a student at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) he was active in the groups Grup Apresiasi Sastra (GAS) and Studi Teater Mahasiswa (Stema). His creative writing has been published in Pikiran Rakyat, Kompas, Suara Pembaruan, Mandala, Pelita, Media Indonesia, Suara Karya, Aktuil, Bandung Pos, Suara Merdeka, Galamedia, Mangle, Galura, Kania, Koran Tempo, Republika, Horison, Ulumul Qur’an and other publications. He has read his poetry upon invitation in Purwokerto, Solo, Yogyakarta, Depok, Garut, Indramayu, Cirebon, Tasikmalaya, Denpasar and Jakarta (Taman Ismail Marzuki). He was one of the poets who read in the 1999 season at Den Haag, Netherlands. In 2002 he was chair of the
Bandung organising committee for the Bandung leg of the Festival Puisi Internasional Indonesia and he also read poems at that Festival. His published collections of Indonesian language poetry are: Dua Penyair di Depan (1976), Penipu Waktu (1979), Robocop (1994), Tanah Terluka (1996), Air Mengukir Ikan (2000) and Semua sudah berubah, Tuan (2006). His poetry is included in the following anthologies: Orba (1994), Malam 1000 Bulan (1994), Cermin Alam (1996), Dari Bumi Lada (1996), Songket I (1996),
Sajak Kudus (1997), Tangan Besi (1997), Kitab Puisi Horison Sastra Indonesia (2002) and Gelombang Mata Langit (2002), the latter being a joint publication with Soni Farid Maulana. His books of poetry written in Sundanese are: Lalaki Langit (1987) and Langit Katiga (1996). His poetry in Sundanese recived awards from Lembaga Basa jeung Sastra Sunda (LBSS) in 1996 and again in 2000. His books for children are: Budak Motekar (1984) and Pengalaman Regu Macan (1984). Details of his literary works and activities are included in the Ensiklopedia Sunda (2000). His most recent publication is Semua Telah Berubah, Tuan. (2006).

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