Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas

Poet, Writer, Editor, Translator

About

Poet, Writer, Editor, Translator

Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas was born in Jakarta, 19 August 1979. She studied English Literature in Universitas Indonesia, Depok (2003) and received her masters in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling, Scotland (2005).

She is one of the founders of Komunitas BungaMatahari, a mailing list-based Indonesian poetry community that have embraced many poetry enthusiasts with its catchphrase “semua bisa berpuisi” or, roughly translated, “poetry for all”. She is also involved in Selatan, an online literary journal in Bahasa Indonesia, and PaviliunPuisi, a monthly open mic event that is open to poets, poetry communities and artists to showcase their works to an open-minded audience in a casual setting. 

Her poetry collections are Kota Ini Kembang Api and Non-Spesifik, both published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama. She also has a column, From Our Breakfast Table, on The Murmur House. Her recent work, Familiar Messes and Other Essays, is published by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia in collaboration with Comma Books. It is a part of a project called Self-Portraits, which focuses on the experiences of women of different ages and backgrounds told through the form of personal essays.

She is also into collective projects. She was one of the founders of Komunitas BungaMatahari, a mailing list-based Indonesian poetry community that have embraced many poetry enthusiasts with its catchphrase “semua bisa berpuisi” or, roughly translated, “poetry for all”. She is also involved in Selatan, an online literary journal in Bahasa Indonesia, and PaviliunPuisi, a monthly open mic event that is open to poets, poetry communities and artists to showcase their works to an open-minded audience in a casual setting.

She plans to write some more, particularly on the subjects of memory and place. She is also interested in exploring themes of day-to-day life, motherhood and mental illness through writing in collaboration with other art forms, such as film, music, drawing, painting and dancing.

She currently resides in Jakarta, with her husband and daughter. She is now working on her third collection of poetry and the poetry editor of an online literary journal, InterSastra. You can find out more about Anya, which is how people call her, on her website gratiagustichananya.com and on Instagram and Twitter.

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