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Norman Erikson Pasaribu


Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian poet whose work is both playful and intricate. Their first poetry book to be translated into English (by Tiffany Tsao, who also translated Happy Stories), Sergius Seeks Bacchus, won the pair a PEN Translates award. Norman is also a translator and editor, and their writing highlights their intimate familiarity with language and how to mold it into art.1

Their first collection of short stories, Hanya Kamu yang Tahu Berapa Lama Lagi Aku Harus Menunggu, was published by GPU in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award 2014. Their short story “Sepasang Sosok yang Menunggu” was included in the anthology Laki-Laki Pemanggul Goni: Cerpen Pilihan Kompas 2012. 2

  1. Shondaland 

  2. InterSastra 


Happy Stories, Mostly
Collection of Short Stories
168 page(s), Feminist Press
Happy Stories, Mostly
Collection of Short Stories
143 page(s), Giramondo Publishing
Happy Stories, Mostly
Collection of Short Stories
page(s), Tilted Axis Press
Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya
(Happy Stories, Mostly)
Collection of Short Stories
203 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Sergius Seeks Bacchus
Poetry Collection
80 page(s), Tilted Axis Press
Sergius Mencari Bacchus
(Sergius Seeks Bacchus)
Poetry Collection
86 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama

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Dec 28, 2023

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Jul 26, 2022

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Liminal Magazine / What Media Says
May 26, 2022

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Personal Blog / What Media Says
Mar 16, 2021

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Australian / What Media Says
Jan 08, 2021

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Catapult / Translations
May 01, 2020

Talking Indonesia: Norman Erikson Pasaribu on literature and diversity

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Jun 13, 2019

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Aug 01, 2018

A Flyer

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Her Story

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Feb 15, 2023

New Order child

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May 01, 2018

Disobedient women

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Feb 09, 2018

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