• Asia
  • South-Eastern Asia
  • Indonesia

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.


Happening Now

  • Just completed: “Sense of Belonging,” a bilingual Iowa City + Paris-based podcast series commissioned by Walid Rachedi and produced by NFW grad students in both cities, with support of the US Embassy in Paris.

  • Word has just reached us of the sudden death, in his hometown Gdańsk, of the novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright Paweł Huelle. RIP.

  • “I regret that poems can’t serve as witnesses in military tribunals; they can only testify in the court of history,” writes Iya Kiva in an essay for the project “War Is… Ukrainian Writers on Living Through Catastrophe.”

  • Congratulations to novelists Mansoura Ez-Eldin and Taleb Al-Refai for placing on the 2023 finalist list of the prestigious Prix de la littérature arabe.


  • Samuel Kolawole’s first novel, The Road to the Salt Sea, is announced for a July 2024 release.

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