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Writers And Speakers ALF 2017

  Alanda Kariza
  A Alanda Kariza published her first book in the age of 14 and has published 10 books until now, allowing her readers to join her journey into adulthood. She has also contributed to Rambutan Literary Journal, the Jakarta Post, and UN Chronicle. Having been an outspoken advocate in youth and gender equality issues, Alanda manifests her concerns through her newest book Sophismata, a novel that tells a story about a young woman who endeavours to break the political glass ceiling.
  Andrew Fowler
    Award winning investigative reporter Andrew Fowler, began his career in England where he covered the 1970s IRA bombing campaign for the London Evening News. His past roles include chief of staff and acting foreign editor of The Australian newspaper. For 20 years he was a reporter with Australian ABC TV's Four Corners and Foreign Correspondent programs. Fowler's first book The Most Dangerous Man in the World, translated and published in countries as diverse as the USA, China, South Korea, Russia and Indonesia, was described by Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower, as "A gripping thriller. By far the best account of Julian Assange's motives and the talents that made his so dangerous". Fowler, who is married and has two daughters, spends his time between Paris and Sydney .His last book was The War on Journalism about the decline of the media.  He is currently writing 'Shoot the Messenger' , to be published later this year by Routledge UK, about   how surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are used  to  curb dissent in the media.
  Ahmad Fuadi
    A Fulbright scholar, Ahmad Fuadi parlayed his formative years at an Islamic boarding school into his celebrated first novel, Negeri 5 Menara, which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first year of its release. Translated into English, The Land of Five Towers, the award-winning novel has also been adapted into a feature film. He was featured at Frankfurt Book Fair,  Byron Bay Writers Festival in Australia, Ubud Writers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and Makassar Writers Festival. He is the founder of Komunitas Menara, an organization to help unfortunate children to get a free access to early childhood education. He was a resident writer in Bellagio Center, Italy and an artist-in-residence at University of California, Berkeley, UK Alumni Award winner 2016. Instagram @afuadi
  Arswendo Atmowiloto
    Arswendo Atmowiloto is known as writer and journalist who's active in various magazines and newspapers. In 1990, when he served as editor-in-chief of the Monitor tabloid, he was 'imprisoned' for a poll that was considered insulting to certain people. At that time, Tabloid Monitor questioned the readers about who's the most popular figure in Indonesia. The result is unpredictable that put Prophet Muhammad SAW in number 11. Some Muslim communities were angry. Arswendo was then prosecuted and sentenced to five years in prison due to the controversial poll. Living behind bars did not stop him to be a writer. He has produced seven novels, dozens of articles, three screenwriting texts and serial numbers while still in prison. Some were sent to newspapers, such as KOMPAS, Suara Pembaruan, and Media Indonesia. All by using an address and fictitious identity. After five years living in prison. He was once the Chief Editor of Hi Magazine and also a journalist for Kompas. Arswendo was also having passion working with television. He has earned several awards for his work, one of which is the ASEAN Awards Culture Communication & Literary Works, Bangkok, Thailand (1987). But behind his success, he has also been in the spotlight when creating a novel that helped promote the film of the Pengkhianatan G 30 S PKI that was produced as part of the new order's propaganda.
  Azhar Ibrahim
Azhar Ibrahim, PhD is a Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He teaches Malay-Indonesian literature and ideologies of development at the Department. His research interest includes sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesian intellectual development. Amongst his published books are: Menyanggah Belenggu Kerancuan Fikiran Masakini (2016), Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesia World: Critical Perspectives. (2014), Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia. (2014).
  Candra Malik

Candra Malik is an author, artist, and a humanist. He has published two religion music albums (one of them is extended play in English), several music singles, video clips, and also soundtracks for movies and TV shows. He also won Piala Vidia for category The Best Music Stylist in FFI 2014.

As an author, Candra Malik has published 9 books, one of them is about social culture (Sekumpulan Esai Republik Ken Arok), four books are about Sufism (Makrifat Cinta, Menyambut Kematian, Ikhlaskanlah Allah, and Meditasi Mengenal Diri), and other four books are about Literature (Antologi #FatwaRindu Cinta 1001 Rindu, Mustika novel, Mawar Hitam short stories, Asal Muasal Pelukan poetries, and Layla novel).

  Clara Chow
    Clara Chow (Singapore) is the author of the short-story collection, Dream Storeys (2016). Her fiction has appeared in Asia Literary ReviewCHA: An Asian Literary JournalDrunken BoatQLRS and The Columbia Journal. Graduating with a degree in literature from the National University of Singapore in 2000, she went on to a career in journalism at The Straits Times, Life!, before returning to earn her MA. From 2007 to 2013, she wrote the popular Manic Mummy weekly column in My Paper, and has contributed articles to South China Morning Post. In 2015, she co-founded the art and literary journal WeAreAWebsite.com. A former writer-in-residence with South Korea's Toji Cultural Centre, she also received a merit award in TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2016.

Dwitasari was born in Jakarta on 8 December 1994. Since 2012, this Sagittarius girl has authored 13 books - which 4 of them become movies - and also 1 music album. She has five books which are published by Bentang Pustaka, they are Raksasa dari Jogja, Jatuh Cinta Diam-diam, Memeluk Masa Lalu, Spy in Love, and Setelah Kamu Pergi. Besides, she is the author of several short stories such as Cerita Cinta Kota, Cerita Horor Kota, and Jatuh Cinta Diam-diam 2. Now, she is living in Cibinong, Bogor, and finishing her study in one of university in Depok, West Java. The girl who is best-known by her singing and contemplating (galau?) hobbies, is now improving her movie script writing skill.

  Ernest Prakasa

After finishing his study in 2005, he then worked in recording company until 2011. Before 2001, he worked as a radio broadcaster. The beginning of his journey in Comics was started when he joined Stand Up Comedy Indonesia Program held by Kompas TV. At that program, Ernest succeeded the program by winning the third place and then decided to be a full-time Comics.

Ernest Prakasa is joined in StandUpIndo Community, the community which was started when he and Ryan – another SUCI 1 Participant – held open mic show in Comedy Cafe, Kemang. Long story short, Ryan then invited Pandji and Raditya Dika, while Ernest invited Isman – a comedy writer. As the result, Comedy Cafe was visited by hundreds of people, exceeded the capacity which only for 50 persons. The show was recorded and the video was then uploaded in YouTube. It turned out become viral! The video received good responses from viewers and the next show was visited by 1000 people. On 13 July 2015, they decided to establish the birth of StandUpIndo, the stand-up comedy community in Indonesia with 5 co-founder (Ernest, Radit, Ryan, Pandji, and Isman).

The popularity of Ernest was raising when he starred Comic 8, action comedy movie. Besides, he also held Stand Up Comedy Tour in several cities with headlines “Illucinati”. In 2014, he achieved the record as the first single Comics in Indonesia who had held 3 shows in one day.

For Ernest, Stand Up Comedy is not only about profession, rather as a media to deliver the messages. He can deliver his thoughts when he acts in his show. This is the reason what makes him keep being a Comics until this day.

  Feby Indirani

Feby Indirani is an author, experienced journalist and media practitioner. Her latest fiction is a collection of short stories titled Bukan Perawan Maria (Pabrikultur, 2017) and her coming nonfiction book is Made in Prison (KPG, 2017) the story about the life of inmates and their creativity behind bars.

Feby has written a number of fiction and non-fiction books, e.g.: Ahmadiyah: Keyakinan yang Digugat (PDAT, 2005), Alien Itu Memilihku (Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2014); I Can (Not) Hear (Gagas Media, 2008) –this two book was featured in Kick Andy-Metro TV, one of the most watched television show in Indonesia. I Can (not) Hear won an Indonesian Reader's Choice Book Award 2010; Just Alvin (Gagas Media, 2012), Clara's Medal (Noura Publisher, 2011), etc.). Clara’s Medal has been chosen to be the required reading for the 7th-grade student in one of the top international school in Jakarta. The students should learn about the characters, present their understanding and discuss it in Bahasa Indonesia class. She joined Indonesian national media such as Tempo, Business Week, and Kompas TV as producer and host of that station's book program, Buku dan Kehidupan.  She’s involved with National Committee for Indonesia as Guest of Honor Country for Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 as a Media and External Relation Specialist and continues to join the National Book Committee for Bologna and London Book Fair, April 2016. 

Feby won several international grants and fellowships:  Muslim Exchange Program (2006) in Australia; Asia Journalism Fellowship (2010) in Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, International Journalist Program (2010) in Germany, and IATSS Forum-Leadership Training Program (2014) in Japan. She is often involved in books events and discussion as host, speaker and facilitator on creative writing workshops throughout Indonesia.  Feby initiates Relax;  It’s Just Religion a movement to encourage open-mindedness, a willingness to laugh at oneself, and empathy towards others who have different religious interpretation. 
  Glenn Diaz
    Glenn Diaz is a recipient of the M Literary Residency at Sangam House in Bangalore, India, where he worked on his first novel. His work, mostly fiction, has been published in the Philippines, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Australia. He is an instructor at the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University. He lives in Manila.
  Goenawan Soesatyo Mohamad
    Goenawan Soesatyo Mohamad or better known as Goenawan Mohamad is a journalist and writer who initiated the establishment of the Cultural Manifesto (Manikebu) with HB Jassin and Taufiq Ismail. Manikebu is often referred to a universal humanist literary group. Goenawan writes many themes of human rights, religion, democracy, corruption, and etc. Goenawan began to write since he was 17 years old, and two years later, he translated the poetry of American poet Emily Dickinson. He was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and received the Louis Lyons Award for the Conscience in Journalism's category from the Nieman Foundation, 1997. Goenawan and his colleagues founded Tempo Weekly Magazine in 1971, a magazine that carries the character of Time magazine journalism. In Tempo, he wrote many columns about political agendas in Indonesia. Tempo was regarded as an opposition that always critics the government so that it was banned to be published in 1994. However, after Soeharto stepped down, Tempo re-published and made many changes without degrading its quality. Goenawan then established the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the first independent journalist association in Indonesia. Goenawan's latest work is a book entitled God and the Unfinished Things (2007), containing 99 short lyrical essays. He attended a conference held at the White House where Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright hosted it.
  Haidar Bagir

Haidar Bagir is an Industrial Technology alumnus of Bandung Institute of Technology who graduated in 1982 and took a Master’s degree in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University from 1990 to 1992. He also has a PhD in Philosophy from University of Indonesia with one year research (2000 – 2001) in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Haidar Bagir is the president director of Mizan Group, which he founded in 1982, Founder of YASMIN (Yayasan Imdad Mustadh’afin, a foundation for philanthropic works on community education and health in Jakarta), lecturer at Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS) Jakarta and Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Islam Sadra. He has been listed among The 500 Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for several years in a row. 

  Han Zaw

Han Zaw @ Han Sann is a writer, visual artist, an editor of the Info Digest Journal and columnist for some magazines. He is the Secretary of PEN Myanmar and one of the founding member. Han Sann is another pen name of him.

The first short stories published The Ray of Light weekly journal in January 2007 and the story name is Gandawin Sakarlone Kaung Kin MaungYin Nyo who it is one of satire of Myanmar celebrity. Then he wrote the essay, short story and the article about technology in various magazines and journals what there are The Ray of Light weekly journal, Itizen Technology journal, Personal Computer magazine, Shu Ma Nyeephotography magazine, Global English magazine, Mandalay Icon magazine and teen magazine.

The book name in English “If you used the zebra cross who you will be world-famous” is one of essay collection of Han Sann @ Han Zaw that published in 2016 August in Myanmar. Presently, he is an editor at the Info Digest Journal and has written a lot of literature. www.hansann.comis the official website of him.  The name “Myat Thu Soe“ is childhood name of Han Zaw @ Han Sann.

  Hariz Fadyylah
    Hariz Fadyylah is a poet and writer originating from the country of Brunei Darussalam. He is a poetry enthusiast writing poems in both Malay and English. He is studying as an undergraduate in Universiti Brunei Darussalam majoring in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in History. He is currently in the process of printing and publishing his first book of poems ‘flowers in the chakrawala’ with Bruneian-based indie publisher Heartwrite (www.theartofwrite.wordpress.com).
  Hikmat Darmawan
    Hikmat Darmawan has been a mobilizer of cultural activities in Indonesia since 2000. He is a a published authority on comics and a general observer of pop culture. His writing has appeared in leading news publications Tempo, Gatra, Kompas, and Koran Tempo, as well as one of Indonesia’s foremost cultural magazines, Visual Arts. He has also served as editor of Madina, comic exhibition curator for the Jakarta Arts Council (Desan Kesenian Jakarta, or DKJ), and program manager at MP Book Point. He is co-founder of various organizations engaged in arts and culture, such as Musyawarah Burung, Akademi Samali, and RumahFilm.org, an on-line magazine (of which he is now managing editor) that explores Indonesian cinema within its socio-cultural context. His current project Pabrikultur (pabrikultur.com) is a brand journalism provider, which also offers programming of cultural events. His latest book is Komik Gebrak! Esai-Esai Komik: Narasi dan Eksistensi (2015). His current positions include head of the film committee on the Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) and curator of the Indonesian comics program for Europalia Arts and Culture Festival to be held in Brussels (10 October 2017 – 21 Januari 2018), at which Indonesia will be the featured Guest Country. 
  Intan Andaru

Intan Andaru, also known by her pen name Andaru Intan. After graduated from Medical Faculty of Airlangga University, she worked as a doctor at a small village in North Maluku, also initiated a reading community and library for the people around that village. Besides writing, now she is working at some hospitals in East Java.

Already published novels: 33 Senja di Halmahera (Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2017), Teman Hidup (Diva Press, 2017), Namamu dalam Doaku (Diva Press, 2015), and LDR (Grasindo, 2015). Her first self-publishing book Saat Waktu Berkejaran, short stories about people living with HIV/AIDS, has won an award from one of writing community in Indonesia in 2013.

Can be reached on: FB Intan Andaru or instagram @andaruintan

  Ira Lathief
Ira Lathief is an Author of 17Books, Creative Writer, Creative Traveler, and Creative Thinker, born on 5 June 1980.
During 10 years of her profesional writing career, she has published books from various genres, from Biography, Children Books, to Motivational Books, which two of them entitled "Normal is Boring" and "Do What  You Love Love What You Do" listed as Best Seller. Recently she has just published her first (Free) E-Book entitled " Cerita Baru Jakarta - Cerita Pemandu Wisata" as her contribution for her beloved city and her hometown, Jakarta.
As she has also involved in Creative Tourism- her second passion besides writing, Ira Lathief has created some of her last books launch event creatively, from a Secret Tour in a Cemetery to a City Tour on a Bus, as her innitiative to help promote Jakarta Tourism creatively through her Book launch events. 
She's also an active Food & Travel Blogger (www.creativetraveler.id), and regulary write various essays/ opinion in various digital blog forum platform. 
  Gudrun Ingratubun

Gudrun Ingratubun is a German literacy activist, literary translator and book artist. After graduating in linguistics and agriculture in Berlin and Reading, UK, she moved to Indonesia for five years. During this time she also worked for the cultural department of the Goethe Institute Jakarta. Under the name Book your Story! she initiates creative DIY book projects with kids in Berlin and Jakarta. Since 2013 she translates Indonesian literature into German, for example Okky Madasari's novel Pasung Jiwa. In 2016 she got a scholarship for the Berlin Translation Workshop (Berliner Übersetzerwerkstatt) with Nukila Amal’s novel “Cala Ibi”. She also co-founded the NGO Yaylas Wiese to promote a community peer learning approach to enable children and adults from diverse backgrounds to develop their potentials. www.book-your-story.de www.yaylaswiese.de

  J. Casey Hammond
    J. Casey Hammond began his career as a translator of Chinese business news and eventually became head of research for merchant bank offices in Taiwan and Indonesia. After nearly a dozen years in the South China Sea region, he returned to America to earn a Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His work focuses on modernity, globalization, migration, and multiculturalism. He has recently published translations by Indonesian cartoonists Muhammad “Mice” Misrad, Indonesia 1998 (2017); and Gunawan, The Furniture Salesman Who Became President: The Journey of Jokowi from Small Shop to High Office (2015).
  Kooky Tuason

Performance poet and educator Kooky Tuason seems tireless and continually inspired to pursue her craft. Passionate with language, Tuason has been an advocate of performance poetry for over a decade, helping popularize spoken word as an art form through various engagements such as workshops, stage performances and other mediums.

With her dedication, she introduced spoken word poetry to the mainstream, bringing the once unappreciated form to the mainstream with three studio albums: Romancing Venus Vol. 1 (2005), Romancing Venus Vol. 2 (2006), and Bigkas Pilipinas (2007).

Her current projects include Thinking Man’s Classroom, an alternative web show with outside-the-box topics and quirks; Picket Lines, a book of women with lines of poetry written on their bodies promoting female empowerment. Her newest work, TRICKS! is a visual and performance art show that mixes spoken word, musical acts and live art.

  Lala Bohang

Lala Bohang was born in 1985 in Makassar and a graduate in Architecture of Parahyangan University in Bandung. She has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in Bandung, Jakarta, and Yogyakarta, also in Darmstadt and Sydney. She currently lives and works as an artist and writer in Jakarta. The Book of Invisible Questions (2017, Gramedia Pustaka Utama) is her third book after The Book of Forbidden Feelings (2016, Gramedia Pustaka Utama) and Lula Lyfe (2016, Gramedia Pustaka Utama). www.lalabohang.com

  Low kok Wai 
    Low kok Wai is an award-winning arts educator, theatre director and cultural worker for underserved communities. He has performed extensively in Brunei, Australia, Japan, India, Singapore and Tunisia; conducted performance workshops in, Cambodia, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. He directed Singapore’s first multi-disability play at the Singapore Arts Festival (1996). He production-managed CanDoco UK’s debut in Singapore at the Substation (2000); directed a play about people with down syndrome, Mouths of Babes, at the Victoria Theatre (2000); performed in the collective installation, StreetsCalledHome, an international collaboration of artists with disability in Tunisia (2005); and produced Brunei’s first musical play on and with people with autism, Oddy’s Quest I&II, at the Empire Theatre (2011, 2012). In 2014, he wrote and directed Singapore’s first original, historical drama Cantonese Diaspora Culture: A Legacy Sustained (广移文化, 源远流长) to critical acclaim. He has just completed his first Chinese translation of a book My Grandfather’s Road (我爷爷的路). He is currently lecturer and coordinator for the Drama & Theatre Studies programme at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 
  M. Aan Mansyur
    M. Aan Mansyur is a young poet who is well-known as the most succeed poet in Indonesia nowadays. His collection of poetries, Melihat Api Bekerja and Tiada New York Hari Ini (poetries in Ada Apa Dengan Cinta movie) are the best-selling poetry books in Indonesia, sold for more than 10.000 exemplars. Besides that, Aan is also a librarian and one of the initiator of Makassar International Writer Festival.
  Mai Nardone 

Mai Nardone is a Thai and American writer living in Bangkok. He has received scholarships from the Tin House Writer’s Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and a residency from Writers Omi at Ledig House. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review OnlineSlice, and the Tin House Open Bar.

  Maria Hartiningsih
    Maria Hartiningsih is one of Indonesia’s most prominent journalist. She had been working with the country’s biggest newspaper Kompas from 1984 to 2015. During her journalistic career she has won various awards and acknowledgment. She has been focusing mainly in human rights and humanity, development and democracy as well as imbalanced power relations, diversity, equality and sprituality, with all her writings attempting to critically view such issues. As a recognition for her works in these issues, in 2003 Maria received Yap Thiam Hien Award, Indonesia’s most prestigious award in human rights. 
  Marius Hulpe
    Marius Hulpe, born in 1982 in Soest, finished his cultural studies in Hildesheim, Berlin and Zurich and published the poetry volumes “Wiederbelebung der Lämmer“, “Einmal werden wir“ and “Süße elektrische Nacht“. Most recently, his narrative essay “Der Polen-Komplex“ was published by the Hanser publishing house. His poems have been translated into six languages and awarded, amongst others, with the literary grant prize of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Lions Club Hamburg sponsorship prize. He was a lecturer at Hildesheim University and Jagiellonen University of Krakow as well as a fellow of the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation (Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit). He lives in Berlin.
  Martin Aleida
    Martin Aleida was previously a journalist at the Harian Rakyat that affiliated with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), he is also active in the People's Cultural Institute (Lekra). But then the newspaper closed after the political turmoil in the country as the impact of the cold war when Soeharto led mass massacres of PKI members and sympathizers. Martin is certainly one of the victims. He was then detained for almost a year, released in 1966. After the 1965 incident, the Suharto regime banned a number of professions, such as teachers, journalists, as well as puppeteer from being active after being released. Under the name of Martin Aleida, he wrote a number of short stories in the magazine "Horison" led by Mochtar Lubis and HB Jassin. And with that name, he applied and went back into the journalistic world and worked as a weekly news reporter for TEMPO since the beginning of 1971. Shortly after working in the magazine, several times he was questioned by the military. From the beginning, Martin was known as a writer who chooses to be the leftist. He often writes about the victims of the 1965 issue. In an interview with Indoprogress, a progressive alternative reading site, Martin insisted that the fate of literature was to defend the victim. Martin is consistent with his remarks and continues to produce works related to the victims of 65. Most recently, he wrote about the exile—before 1965, Sukarno send the young Indonesia to abroad to study, but after Soeharto took over the Palace, mostly can not re-enter the country and their passport being revoked for refusing to support to the Soeharto as president— Until he produced a short story titled Tanah Air, it was then awarded as the best short story of Kompas in 2017. Martin is till writing stories until today. He is now awaiting for his research on exile and it will be published soon by Kompas Gramedia.
  Meiling Kogure
Meiling Kogure: Poet, Singer, Songwriter and Copywriter. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1980. Spent her childhood in her father’s homeland Malaysia for 3 years. She graduated from Ceramic Design department of Tsinghua Art University in Beijing, China. In her 5-year Beijing life, she was so touched and influenced by Shuntaro TANIGAWA’s poem and she felt enthusiasm in ”Japanese Language”. After returning to Japan, Meiling started her career as a creator. She has released 3 music CDs and a poetry book so far.
She is also a wonderful singer and reading performer. At Singapore Writer's Festival 2016 , she read aloud “Yukiguni” written by Yasunari KAWABATA, a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, in 3 languages; Japanese, Chinese and English.
  Metta Dharmasaputra 

Metta Dharmasaputra is Co-founder, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of  KATADATA (a news, data and research portal in economic and business) which was founded in 2012 after he was no longer working as Executive Editor of  Koran Tempo Daily and Managing Editor of Tempo Magazine. In 2014, Metta launched his book “Saksi Kunci” (Key Witness, English version in 2015) containing the full story of his investigations on the biggest tax fraud case in Indonesia by the giant palm oil company Asian Agri Group, which was written for six years. For his investigative coverage of the Asian Agri, he received the Udin Award from Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) in 2008 and was declared Journalist of the Year for 2007 by the Reformed Indonesian Journalist Association (PWI Reformasi). 

He is a graduate of Economics and Development Studies from Gadjah Mada University,Yogyakarta, and earned Master degree in Strategic Management from Prasetiya Mulya Business School. In 2008, he took part in a Jefferson Fellowship for Asia-Pacific Journalists at the East West Center in Hawaii.

  Michael Vatikiotis
    Michael Vatikiotis is Asia Regional Director in the Centre of Humanitarian Dialogue and lives in Singapore. Formerly a BBC Correspondent and Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, he has been a writer and journalist in Asia for the past thirty five years. He has lived in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong, and speaks the Thai and Indonesian languages fluently. He is the author of ‘Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia’ (2017) and two other books on politics in Southeast Asia, as well as two novels set in Indonesia:  ‘The Spice Garden' (2004) and 'The Painter of Lost Souls’ (2012).  He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and earned a doctorate from Oxford University.
  Muhammad “Mice” Misrad
    Muhammad “Mice” Misrad is one of Indonesia’s leading cartoonists.  His career as a cartoonist of social and political satire began in 1997 when censorship was still the norm.  His work has flourished in the more open atmosphere that began with democratic reforms in 1998. Born and raised in Jakarta, he graduated from Jakarta Arts Institute (Institut Kesenian Jakarta, or IKJ) in 1993.  After graduation, Mice teamed with classmate Benny Rachmadi to create the popular comic strip Benny & Mice that appeared regularly in the Sunday edition of Kompas from 2003 to 2010.  Since then Mice has worked independently. His Mice Cartoon continues to appear regularly in the Sunday edition of Kompas, and his editorial cartoons have been featured in the daily newspaper Rakyat Merdeka since 2010.  His editorial cartoons also appear on digital platforms such as Komik Jakarta, UC News, dan Ciayo. Mice is a frequent speaker at comic workshops. Several volumes of his collected cartoons have been published, both those in the Benny & Mice series as well as those from his his current solo venture.   Indonesia 1998 is his first work to be translated into English.
  Mohd Faizal Musa
    Mohd Faizal Musa, known by his pen name Faisal Tehrani, is a Malaysian novelist. Because of his writings and the ideas he has expressed, he has become known as a figure of controversy . Considered the most important work in Faisal’s early writings, 1515 (Utusan Publications & Distributor, 2003) won first place in the Hadiah Sastera Utusan Malaysia-Exxon Mobil 2002. It also received the National Book Prize in 2005, under the Bahasa Melayu General Fiction category. 1515 has become a reading text for the Malay Studies programme at Cologne University, Germany. 1515 was translated and republished by the Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books in 2011. Prof Emeritus Dr Salleh Yaapar, of Universiti Sains Malaysia, praised the novel for “redefining Malay history and identity” , and considers it a major work . 1515 is the only Malaysian contemporary novel mentioned in The Encyclopedia of the Novel (Blackwell, 2011) . In 2012, Faisal’s novel Perempuan Nan Bercinta (Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books) caused a furore, and was subsequently banned by the Malaysian government in 2014. Further in 2015, and 2016, five more books are banned. Following many such controversies, Faisal Tehrani is now lauded as staunch defender of human rights within Malay-language literature. Once associated with Islamic literature movement in Malaysia; however, at the Singapore Writers Festival 2015, Faisal disavowed his Islamic novels, declaring them as “water under the bridge”. He has also refused to be associated with the Islamic literature movement, asserting that Islamic literature has driven away the public and failed to find meaning in the human. Besides accusations of Shi’a beliefs, Faisal has also been styled a liberal Muslim. Since being accused of being a Shi’a and agent of Liberal Islam, Faisal has received frequent death threats. Faisal Tehrani has also completed a film, Leukerbad (2015), a travelogue of a human-rights activist doing lobby work in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, Faisal Tehrani completed his new manuscript, Manusia Tuhan, a story of Suliza, a lesbian and human rights professor facing extremism in Malaysia. The manuscript was translated by Brigitte Bresson as  Les Hommes-Dieux and still waiting to be publish.  In academic circles, his most-referenced academic writings include The Malaysian Shi’a: A Preliminary Study of Their History, Oppression and Denied Rights (2013), Pengantar Hak Asasi Manusia Moden dan Hujah Sangkalan Ia Bertentangan Dengan Islam (2015), and Human Rights Lessons from Selected Malay Proverbs (2016). 
  Nay Lin Aung

Moe Thet Han is a pen name of Nay Lin Aung and was born in Yangon in 1982. He is a writer and translator. He has translated the novels of international contemporary writers; Haruki Murakami, Michel Houellebecq and Ben Okri. He is the author of a novel Fake World, Fake Sky and three collections of stories I think, therefore there is not Descartes, Life Sentence, The Nation of Unhappiness. He participated in the International Récollets de Paris Artist in Residency Program in 2010.

  Nasir Tamara
    Intellectual cum journalist – or journalist cum intellectual – Nasir Tamara has a PhD in anthropology and history from Ecole des Hautes d’Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Universite de Paris, while working with various media, including Sinar Harapan, Tempo, AFP and Birmingham Post, and contributing to Far Eastern Economic Review and Kompas daily. He was the only Indonesian journalist – and one of two Asian journalists – who flew with Ayatullah Khomeini from Paris to Tehran in 1979 as he directly witnessed the fall of Iranian powerful Shah and the emergence of the Islamic republic. He later wrote his experience during the historic moment into the best-seller and classic book Revolusi Iran.
  Nyi Pu Lay
Nyi Pu Lay was born in Mandalay, 1952. Studied at St Peter's High School and Mandalay University. Holder BSc, Geology degree. Started writing in 1985. Writing Short Stories, Novels, and Travelogues. In jail from 1990 to 1999 as political prisoner.  Editor of Ludu Publishing House. One of the Directors of PEN Myanmar Center. Fond of taking Street Photography. No.221, corner of 84th and 33rd streets Mandalay is my address.
  Ni Komang Ariani
Ni Komang Ariani was born in Bali, 19 May 1978. In early 2003, she began work as radio news announcer on Global FM Bali, and in October that year, moved to Jakarta to work as a broadcaster and journalist with KBR68H until March 2006. Now, as well as writing, Komang also runs Rumah Pudak and work as a lecturer. Her short stories have appeared in the newspapers Kompas, Suara Pembaruan, Jurnal Nasional, Sindo and Bali Post, and in the magazines Chic, Kartini and Gadis. Her novella, Nyanyi Sunyi Celah Tebing, won first prize in the 2007 Femina magazine serial story contest. In 2011, she was invited to Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Her published work includes the compilation of short stories Lidah and Bukan Permaisuri. Two novels: Senjakala and Jas Putih. Her latest short stories compilation, Ketut Rapti, was published on June 2017.
  Saras Dewi 

Saras Dewi is a Philosophy Professor and former head of Philosophy Undergraduate Study at University of Indonesia (2011-2016). She has written in various reputable Indonesian and international journals concerning literature, feminism, human rights, eastern philosophy and environmental ethics, her latest journal publication is on the prestigious Brill Journal, on Engaged Literature. She has been consecutively chosen as the judge for literary award called Khatulistiwa Literary Award in Indonesia and was also a member of the steering board for the Asean Literary Festival, which promotes discussion and awareness of the importance of literary communication amongst ASEAN nations.

Saras Dewi has published her works including an anthology of poems called Jiwa Putih (White Soul), philosophy books such as Hak Azasi Manusia (Human Rights) and Cinta Bukan Cokelat (Love Is Not Chocolate). Her recent publication is from her Phd dissertation, titled: Ekofenomenologi (Ecophenomenology), and an environment themed poetry book titled, Kekasih Teluk (Bay's Lover).

Saras Dewi is also an environmental activist, involved in struggles against the Benoa Bay Reclamation project (Bali Tolak Reklamasi Teluk Benoa), an unsustainable mega tourism infrastructure that threatens the ecological and spiritual balance of Balinese life. She is also fighting alongside the women farmers of Kendeng Mountain in Central Java preserving their land against the cement industry. Saras Dewi lives in Jakarta and Bali, and currently teaches Philosophy of Literature, Ecological Philosophy and Eastern Philosophy at the University of Indonesia.

  Shaz Johar
    Shaz became a certified translator with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in 2014 and has translated several novels into Malay byauthors ranging from Salla Simukka to John Green. He has worked as an editor since 2015, where he is responsible for foreign rights acquisition and general copyediting. 
  Shivaji Das
Writer, traveller, and photographer; Shivaji Das is the author of ‘Angels by the Murky River: Travels Off the Beaten Track,’ Yoda Press (2017), ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia (2013),’ and ‘Sacred Love: Erotic art in the temples of Nepal,’ Mandala Publications/ Aadarsh Books (under publication, e2017).
Shivaji’s writings have been published in magazines such as TIME, Asian Geographic, Venture Mag, Jakarta Post, Conscious Magazine, PanaJournal, Freethinker, etc.  
He has given talks on topics ranging from Travel Writing, Humour in Cross-Cultural context, and the culture of Indonesia in universities and forums in Singapore, Morocco, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil. His interviews have been featured on BBC, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Travel Radio Australia, Around the World TV, Radio Roaming, and Singapore Discovery Centre’s IFD exhibition. 
His photographs in collaboration with his wife, Yolanda Yu, have been exhibited in the Darkroom Gallery, Vermont (USA), Kuala Lumpur International Photography Festival (Malaysia), the Arts House (Singapore), and the National Library (Singapore). 
Shivaji also takes an active interest in migrant issues and is associated with Singapore based organization Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2). He is the conceptualizer and organizer for the Migrant Poetry Contests in Singapore and Malaysia.
  Tra Nguyen
    Tra Nguyen is an enthusiastic reader, actor, singer, performer, writer, and art manager, and a persistent amateur in many of those fields. She is currently General Manager of Sàn Art, the longest-run independent art organisation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her writing and translation both in Vietnamese and English have been featured in various exhibition catalogues, magazines and publications. Tra’s fictions are independently published in installment via her blogs airpieces.com and waterpieces.com, while her instagram (tradagram) is reserved for a series of drawings about a fantastical extrovert-introvert world she’s in.
  Wimar Witoelar 
    Wimar Witoelar is one the best known public affairs commentators and media personalities in Indonesia.  His views are broadcast through television, radio, print (newspapers, magazines, books), and the internet.  He came to prominence as the host of Perspektif, the only independent political talk show on television during the New Order era.  This show enjoyed enormous popularity during its brief run in 1994 before being banned by the Soeharto government. He assumed a high profile as a political activist during the final years of Soeharto.  After Soeharto fell from power in 1998, Wimar was recruited as Chief Presidential Spokesman for reformist President Abdurrahman Wahid.  He reappeared in an entertainment talk show Selayang Pandang (1997-2000), for which he won three consecutive national television awards. He started a public affairs interview program on radio under the name Perspektif Baru, which has grown into a syndicated nationwide radio talk show with around 150 member stations and full-page transcripts in 13 newspapers.  His current affairs website perspektif.net is rated among the best in the country. He has written numerous articles and is frequently quoted in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Straits Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
  Yusri Fajar
    Yusri Fajar was born in Banyuwangi Indonesia. He studied literature at the University of Bayreuth Germany and Faculty of Letters Jember University. In 2007 he joined academic attachment program at Leeds University England and in 2016 he attended visiting scholar program in contemporary American literature at the University of Louisville USA. He is a lecturer teaching literature and creative writing at the Study Program of English Faculty of Culture Studies, Brawijaya University, Malang, since 2003. He is also board of committee in literature at Arts Council East Java (2014-2019). His collection of essays “Sastra yang Melintasi Batas dan Identitas (Literature that Crosses Boundary and Identity)” and his anthology of poems “Kepada Kamu yang Ditunggu Salju (For You who Are Waited by Snow)” were released in 2017. He produced collection of short stories “Surat dari Praha” (A Letter from Praha) in 2012. His writings appeared in Horison, Kompas, The Jakarta Post, Media Indonesia, Jawa Pos, Seputar Indonesia, Surya, Radar Surabaya, Radar Malang, Malang Post.


   UNMASKED Poetry Open Mic
    UNMASKED Poetry Open Mic is a triannual poetry event taking place in various venues in Jakarta. At every UNMASKED event, anyone is free to join as a poetry reader or simply to attend as an audience. UNMASKED was founded in February 2015 after which it held its first ever event ‘Unmasked: a Poetry Open Mic’ on April 2015.

The founders of UNMASKED are four poetry enthusiasts: Ayu Meutia, Putri Minangsari , Pangeran Siahaan and Abdul Qowi Bastian. Together they have been planning, organizing and hosting poetry events – either UNMASKED’s own regular open mics or collaborative events with other organizations. Each time, UNMASKED invites several guest poets chosen from among the names of some promising poetry readers as well as established poets/ authors in Indonesia to come and read.

Within two years since it was started, UNMASKED has had collaborations with various prominent art institutions, foreign embassies, as well as media and newspapers, such as Komunitas Salihara, Galeri Indonesia Kaya, Atamerica/ US Embassy, The British Council/ UK Embassy, The Jakarta Post, PWAG Indonesia, UNIC - United Nations, 100 Thousand Poets for a Change, ASEAN Literary Festival 2016, and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2016 (satellite event).

UNMASKED Poetry Open Mic intends to introduce and expose the poetry lovers of Jakarta to the widely-celebrated spokenword and open mic culture which already flourish in cities such as New York, London, Melbourne, even neighboring Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. UNMASKED Poetry Open Mic team always finds excitement in meeting new local talents in poetry.
    WAKTU JEDA is a group of three artists who love to bring poetry to live performances. Poetry-reading or music and poetry, you name it! In Indonesian ‘waktu’ means time while ‘jeda’ means pause, break or interval. In their spare time, Ruth Binari and Daniel Abraham who are experts in music meet with Clarasia Kiky who writes poetry. Together in WAKTU JEDA, they share their fondness and the beauty of poetry and music to people.


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