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Calling all writers to give voice to the voiceless through literature

Literature can contribute to the enhancement of society. 
“The words written by poets, fictionist, dramatists and other creative writers will continue to provide us the people of the region with uncommon sense, conscience and wisdom that will guide us through upheaval and uncertainty long after politicians and bureaucrats have left the arena of power and have descended to oblivion,” Abdul Khalik, co-founder and director of the ASEAN Literary Festival 2016, asserted during his opening statement on the book program . 
This festival, held for four days starting May 5 in Jakarta, invited scholars, writers, and literary connoisseurs to connect and share ideas in open debates and discussions about the role of writers in bringing up ‘sensitive issues’ in society, such as those >>more

Short stories, poems getting scarce in printed media

Literary forms like the short story and the poem nowadays feature less and less in printed media because of market conditions, an artist says.
"Literary magazines and journals are practically non-existent in this country or at least have lost their importance. It clearly shows our apathetic attitude toward literature," Poet Nirwan Dewanto said at the 2016 ASEAN Literary Festival on Sunday.
It was rare to find printed media that still featured researched works, he said, adding some publications still existed such as Horizon Literature Magazine and Koran Tempo.
"However, Horizon magazine is difficult to find in the market," Nirwan asserted.

ASEAN Literary Festival Director Responds to Protests

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Director of ASEAN Literary Festival (ALF) Okky Madasari had expected that the ALF 2016 would face rejections. “I, as the director of the event, am responsible for all contents and agenda in the third ALF,” she said at Jakarta Theatre Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Cikini, Jakarta, Thursday, May 5, 2016.
The issues raised in the event have been deliberated comprehensively, according to Okky. The ALF 2016 theme ‘The Story of Now’ could help the public in understanding the relevance of literature in the current world setting.
“One of the most prominent issues today is freedom of expression. In Indonesia, we have 1965 issue, Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender [LGBT] issue and other issues that are not allowed to be discussed,” Okky said.

A Memorable Conversation

Rare dialogue: Poet Joko Pinurbo ( center ) answers questions from TV presenter Najwa Shihab ( left ) while Sapardi Djoko Damono listens during a session at the ASEAN Literary Festival in Jakarta.
What will happen in a conversation between two of Indonesia’s maestros of poetry?
The night was still young on Friday evening but people continued to arrive at the Taman Ismail Marzuki cultural center in Cikini, Central Jakarta.
Some lined up in front of a registration table at Teater Kecil, hoping for spare tickets for a special performance on the second night of the 3rd ASEAN Literary Festival ( ALF ).
That night, two poetry legends, Joko Pinurbo ( JokPin ) >>more

ALF Goes to UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

ASEAN Literary Festival Goes to Campus was held on the campus of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN), Jakarta. Precisely at the Faculty of Adab and Humanities. ALF Goes to UIN which lasted for three days, 10 to 12 December 2014 entitled "Anthem of the Common People", the theme was equal to the ASEAN Literary Festival in March 2014. Events are held in ALF Goes to UIN were discussion and writing workshop by Okky Madasari with “Indonesia’s Genealogy Literature: Capitalism, Religion, and Heroism” theme and Fiction Writing , Abdul Khalik with English Writing, Damhuri Mohammad with general literature of “Literature in Southeast Asia”  and Krishna Pabichara with reading and reciting poem, and also culinary bazaar from ASEAN countries, and poetry night. For three days the visitors who came to follow ALF Goes to UIN can be predicted up to >>more

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