Writers from Indonesia

Indonesia
1970
Gerson POYK
Indonesia
1970
Sori SIREGAR
Indonesia
1971, 1991
Taufiq ISMAIL
Indonesia
1972
Satyagraha HURIP
Indonesia
1972
Arifin NOER
Indonesia
1973
Abdul HADI
Indonesia
1974
Sutardji Calzoum Bachri
Indonesia
1975
Akhudiat
Indonesia
1976
Leon Agusta
Indonesia
1976
Putu WIDJAJA
Indonesia
1976
DANARTO
Indonesia
1977
Wisran HADI
Indonesia
1977
Rayani SRIWIDODO
Indonesia
1978
N. RIANTIARNO
Indonesia
1979
Arswendo Atmowiloto
Indonesia
1979
Frans NADJIRA
Indonesia
1980
S. Sinanasari ECIP
Indonesia
1980
Totilawati TJITRAWASITA
Indonesia
1981
Emha Ainum NADJIB
Indonesia
1982
Linus Suryadi Agustinus
Indonesia
1983
Yudistira MASSARDI
Indonesia
1984
Toeti Herati NOERHADI
Indonesia
1987
Eka MARTOREDJO
Indonesia
1988
Darman MOENIR
Indonesia
1990
Ahmad TOHARI
Indonesia
1971, 1991
Taufiq ISMAIL
Indonesia
1993
Muchamad KOIRI
Indonesia
2001

Sitok SRENGENGE (poet, Indonesia; born 1965, Grobogan, Central Java) is Program Coordinator for the Utan Kayu Community in West Java; he is also a lecturer at the Jakarta Arts Institute, a literature teacher for Eksotika Karmawiggangga and editor of the Kalam Cultural Journal. His work has appeared in 2001: Secrets Need Words (ed. Harry Aveling, to be published by the Ohio University Press); the Nonsens Poetry anthology, and various poetry and short fiction anthologies in Indonesia. Last year, Mr. Srengenge was cited as one of his country's leaders in society in culture by Asiaweek magazine. The US Department of State is supporting his participation in the IWP. His name is pronounced [SEE tohk shrehn GEHN geh].

Indonesia
2001

Medy LOEKITO (born 1962, Surabaya) is the Executive Secretary of the Shimizu Corporation, and the President of the Multimedia Literature Institute. Her poems have appeared in more than 15 anthologies, such as In Solitude (1993); Resonansi Indonesia (2000); Graffiti Gratitude (2001), and in many journals in Indonesia, as well as in Brunei Darussalam and Australia. Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in the Conference of Asian Foundations and Organizations since 1999. Her most recent project involves participating in research on the traditional Machiya wooden houses of Kyoto, together with scholars from 4 other Asian countries. She is taking part in the IWP through the US Department of State.

Arif Bagus PRASETYO
Indonesia
2002

Arif Bagus PRASETYO is an art curator and the editor of the Jakarta literary journal “Prosa” (Prose). Winner of the national “Sanggar Minum Kopi Bali Award” for poetry, Mr. Prasetyo has recently published two volumes of art criticism, translations of Bharati Mukherjee and Octavio Paz, and his own selected poems, entitled Mahasukka (2000). He is participating courtesy of the Open Society Institute.

Ayu UTAMI
Indonesia
2005 Resident

Ayu UTAMI. A co-founder of the union of freelance journalists, she was banned from writing in 1994, succeeding nonetheless in completing a black book on corruption in the Suharto regime. Her debut novel Saman (1998) treats freely love and sexuality, and addresses the difficult relationship between Muslims, Christians and the Chinese minority. It received the prize for the best Indonesian novel in 1998, with a companion novel Larung coming out in 2001. Both have been published in Dutch. Since 1998 Utami has been a radio host and co-publisher of the cultural magazine Kalam. She participates courtesy of the Freeman Foundation.

Laksmi PAMUNTJAK
Indonesia
2006 Resident

Laksmi PAMUNTJAK has since 1994 written columns and articles on politics, film, food, classical music and literature for Tempo Magazine and elsewhere. She translated and edited Goenawan Mohamad: Selected Poems, published Jakarta Good Food Guide, and co-founded Aksara, a bilingual bookstore in Jakarta. Her first collection of poetry, Ellipsis, appeared on The Herald UK 2005 Books of the Year list. A treatise on violence and the Iliad entitled War, Heaven, and Two Women came out in 2006, along with her first collection of short stories, The Diary of R.S.: Musings on Art. She participates courtesy of the IWP Writers’ Support Fund.

Nukila AMAL
Indonesia
2006 Resident

Nukila AMAL, a widely read young Indonesian prose writer, has had her 2005 short story collection, Laluba, named Best Literary Work of the Year by Tempo magazine, and her novel Cala Ibi (2003) shortlisted for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award. She is the co-translator for, and editor of several anthologies of poetry in translation. At present, she serves on the Committee of Literature at the Jakarta Arts Council. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Nirwan DEWANTO
Indonesia
2007 Resident

Nirwan DEWANTO is widely published in Indonesian journals, magazines, anthologies and newspapers. A founder of the cultural journal Kalam, he has a collection of essays Sanjakala Kebudayaan ('Twilight of Culture') and a volume of poems, Buku Cacing ('Book of Worms'); the poetry collection Perenang Buta ('Blind Swimmer') is forthcoming. He has founded the arts space Komunitas Utan Kayu in Jakarta, and curates literary arts festivals, most recently the 4th Utan Kayu International Literary Biennale. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Andrea HIRATA
Indonesia
2010 Resident

Andrea HIRATA has authored six books, including a popular tetralogy. The first in the series, Laskar Pelangi [The Rainbow Troops](2005), was a 2008 bestseller and was adapted for the screen, followed by Sang Pemimpi [The Dreamer] (2006), Edensor [Edensor] (2008), and Maryamah Karpov [Maryamah Karpov] (2009). He has the 2007 Change Agent Award from Republika Newspaper, and the 2008 Satya Lencana Wirakarya award. His latest works are the novels, Padang Bulan [The Field of Moon] and Cinta di Dalam Gelas [Love Inside the Glass]. His participation is provided courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

Asma Nadia
Indonesia
2013 Resident

Asma NADIA (fiction/nonfiction writer; Indonesia) is the author of 49 books, of which three [Emak Longs To Take the Hajj] (2009), [House with No Windows] (2011), and Ummi (2012) have been adapted for the screen.  Nadia contributes regularly to the daily Republika , which named her one of the seven most influential people in Indonesia for 2010. A co-founder of Forum Lingkar Pena, and Komunitas Bisa Menulis, which helps youth become writers, she is also a frequent campaigner in the “Indonesian Women Write” movement, and an organizer of 63 Rumah Baca, which provides free reading rooms for underserved youth.  She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Indonesia
2016 Resident

Yusi Avianto PAREANOM (fiction writer, nonfiction writer; Indonesia) the founder of the publishing house Penerbit Banana, has a novel and several collections of short stories, among them Rumah Kopi Singa Tertawa [The Coffee House of the Laughing Lion] (2011). He has also been involved in theatrical productions, films, and other multimedia art ventures. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Indonesia
2017 Resident

Okky MADASARI (novelist; Indonesia) is the founder and director of the ASEAN Literary Festival. In 2012, her novel The Outcast, about an Islamic sect facing persecution by mainstream religion, received the Khatulistiwa Literary Award. The Years of the Voiceless (2010) is about struggle for justice and freedom while questioning the authority of religion; 86 (2011) addresses corruption in Indonesia; Bound (2015) tells about a life of a transgender in a religiously conservative society. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Indonesia
2018 Resident

Faisal ODDANG (fiction writer, poet, essayist; Indonesia) is the author of three novels and two poetry anthologies. Puya ke puya [From One Heaven to Another] won the 2014 Jakarta Art Council novel competition, and in 2015 Tempo Magazine’s Best Novel prize. His other awards include ASEAN Young Writers Award, Prose Writer of the Year (Tempo Magazine, 2015), and Best Short Story Writers (Kompas Daily, 2014). He is now at work on a translation of the Sulawesi epic La Galigo. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

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