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Khairani Barokka


A writer, poet, and interdisciplinary artist. She is also a practitioner of think/do advocacy in the arts, particularly on the ways in which new media can increase inclusion and access for and by disability cultures and feminisms (both of which she is happy to be a part of). Born in Jakarta, Okka works, teaches, and is published internationally, in print and online, with art, literature, disability culture and transdisciplinary performances and workshops held across India, the US, Australia, Malaysia, the UK, Austria, Singapore, and her native Indonesia. She has a masters from ITP at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as a Tisch Departmental Fellow, working on participatory, interactive art, literature, and social issues storytelling. Her BA (High Honors, College Scholar) was from Middlebury College in Sociology/Anthropology.

Okka is the writer, performer, and producer of a hearing-impaired accessible solo show, “Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee” (with a grant from HIVOS as main sponsor), which premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 as Indonesia’s only representative. Previously, she pioneered the production of the first live-streamed spoken word shows in Indonesia, involving cross-national collaborations, with a focus on social justice/disability justice. As an independent scholar, she is a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), and has presented at international conferences, festivals, and as a two-time TEDx speaker (Jakarta and Youth@Chennai). Okka was most recently profiled in UNFPA’s book “Investing in Young People in Indonesia: Inspirational Young Leaders Driving Social Change”, and has been featured extensively in national and international media, among them multiple ABC Australia appearances (radio and television), RRR (Aus), The Hindu (India), The Times of India, The New Current (UK), and all major Indonesian newspapers and media including National Geographic, Esquire, and BBC Indonesia (see PRESS for complete list).

Okka is currently Artist-In-Residence at Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia) for 6 months, where she is working on writing projects as well as using text in mixed media works. She has also held residencies at Vermont Studio Center (US; with a grant for poetry, as first Indonesian writer-in-residence), Tutti Arts (AUS), the EQUILIBRIUM Project at Sandarbh (India), Jatiwangi Art Factory’s Village Video Festival (Indonesia) and was Emerging Writers Festival’s (AUS) Inaugural International Writer-In-Residence for 2013.

In the Headlines

“Curiosity and Excitement”: An Interview with Khairani Barokka

Words Without Borders / What Media Says
Nov 09, 2022

2022 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize

Penguin UK Articles / As Seen On
Sep 30, 2022

2022 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize

Penguin UK Articles / As Seen On
Jul 20, 2022

Meet 13 Asian and Asian Diasporic Nature and Environment Writers

Sierra Magazine / What Media Says
May 15, 2021

Singapore Writers Festival beams in literary stars

Jakarta Post / As Seen On
Nov 04, 2020

Hurt and Words: On Language and Pain in Public

Feminist Review / Writing
Aug 27, 2020

Wasafiri Wonders: Khairani Barokka

Wasafiri / What Media Says
Mar 30, 2020

Interview: Khairani Barokka

Buah Zine / What Media Says
Jul 13, 2018

First Collection Interview – Khairani Barokka

Personal Blog / What Media Says
Mar 22, 2018


Margins / Writing
Aug 07, 2017

Disabled artists are out here: A conversation with Okka

Sideways Times / What Media Says
Aug 06, 2017

Interview with writer/artist Khairani Barokka

Disability Visibility Project / What Media Says
Apr 19, 2017

Kate Griffin: Taking literature to a new level

Jakarta Post / As Seen On
Apr 28, 2014


Publishing Perspectives / As Seen On
Apr 01, 2014


Secret {W} Business / What Media Says
Jul 25, 2013

My Jakarta: Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka, Writer-Performer

Jakarta Globe / What Media Says
Jul 13, 2012

Crafted by Khairani Barokka

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