Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas

Residency Destination: Skotlandia

Email: [email protected]

Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas was born in Jakarta on 19 August 1979. She studied English Literature at University of Indonesia in Jakarta in 2003 and received her master’s degree in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling in Scotland in 2005. She co-founded Komunitas BungaMatahari in 2000, one of the first online poetry communities in Indonesia, famous for its motto “Semua bisa berpuisi” (“Poetry for all”). She established Selatan, an online literary journal in Bahasa Indonesia in 2014. She is now a poetry editor for InterSastra, an online bilingual literary journal based in Jakarta, and one of the organisers of Paviliun Puisi, a monthly poetry open mic event that has featured collaborations between poets and artists from other disciplines, including DJs, video artists and dancers. She is a WrICE Indonesia/Australia Writing Fellow for 2018 and has

received a traveling grant from Indonesia’s National Book Committee and the Ministry of Education and Culture through the Indonesian Writing Residency 2018 program. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines. A translation of one of her poems, “one by one the bodies died”, by Mikael Johani, received Honourable Mention from The 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry. Her poetry collections are “Kota Ini Kembang Api” (“The City is Fireworks”), published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in 2016, and “Non-Spesifik” (“Non-Specific”), also published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in 2017. Her collection of personal essays written in English, “Familiar Messes and Other Essays”, was published by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia in 2017. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015 and has since campaigned to raise mental health awareness through her writing and by co-organizing “Sayang, Sayangilah Jiwamu” (“Love Your Soul, Love”) mental health film festival in 2017. She lives in Jakarta with her husband and daughter.