Eliza Vitri Handayani

Australia

Eliza Vitri Handayani always seeks to nurture the courage and creativity to tell stories. She is an internationally published writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. She writes in English and Indonesian. Her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different came out in 2015 (Vagabond Press) and was launched at events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair and Asia- Pacific Writers & Translators Summit. At the novel’s launches in Oslo and Jakarta, Eliza wore a dress that she had designed and made herself from the novel's proofs. The novel’s launch at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival was cancelled due to police warnings, and Eliza protested by wearing to the festival T-shirts printed with excerpts from her novel. Her short fiction has appeared in The Griffith Review (AUS), Asia Literary Review, Kill Your Darlings (AUS), Exchanges Journal (US), and other outlets. She has also contributed articles to various media, such as Index on Censorship (UK), The Jakarta Post, and the feminist magazine Magdalene. In 2016 Eliza was selected as a Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange (WrICE) fellow and participated in residencies in China and Australia. Eliza has appeared at festivals such as Melbourne Writers Festival, Northern Territory Writers Festival, and Makassar International Writers Festival. Eliza loves to write about rebellious women, questioning sexist religious interpretations, and how memory and trauma affect identity. Find links to her works at elizavitri.com, and you can greet her on Twitter or Instagram @elizavitri.