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July 30, 2019

Jakarta’s First Ever Literary Festival to Focus on Asian and African Writers


Nothing like a non-Western literary festival to reinvigorate contemporary literature.

As the Jakarta Post points out, authors from Asia and Africa are to take center stage at the first-ever Jakarta International Literary Festival (JILF), which runs from Aug. 20 to 24. I happen to be free those days, so if anyone would like to buy me a ticket, I would be much obliged.

Why? Because the line-up is a who’s who of non-Western writers, and its impressive. On the article up on the post, the following six writers are featured: Indian poet and queer activist Akhil Katyal, Kurdish-Turkish poet Bejan Matur, Bostwanan writer Legodile Seganabeng, Thailand’s Prabda Yoon, South African writer-journalist Zainab Priya Dala, and Indonesia’s Zen Ha.



Michael Barron is an editor at Melville House.