About

a writer and freelance journalist who currently serves as Fulbright scholar and pursues her Master of Arts in Professional Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States of America. I am also a founder and director of Kandil Syndicate, a Jakarta-based freelancers organization focuses on providing writing services and workshops.

I have worked as a journalist in some media like CNNIndonesia.com, The Jakarta Post, Jurnal National (National Journal), and Dewi Magazine.  I have so far published several books, including a collaboration novel LENKA by Banana Publishing,  short stories compilation  Perkara Mengirim Senja as well as Biography of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X (Federasi Teater Indonesia). Currently, I am working on my first upcoming solo novel.

Besides writing, I have also translated some works, such as Something Blue by Melanie Griffin (Esensi Publishing), Sweet Stuff by Donna Kauffman (Esensi Pub.), Learning Shapes by Kathy Charner (Esensi Pub.), Blue Economy by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, and exhibitions catalogues of Bentara Budaya Jakarta.

I also edited some well known books such as Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times by Stephen R. Covey (Dunamis Consulting, Indonesian version) and Real English for Senior High School students (for Indonesian students) by Peter James.

In addition, during my time as freelancer I have contributed articles and opinions to several media and community, including The Jakarta Post, Garuda Colours Inflight Magazine, Sarasvati Art Magazine,  Esquire Indonesia, Yayasan Kelola and Komunitas Seni Salihara. I have received several fellowships including Novel Writing Workshop from Jakarta Arts Centre and Journalistic Workshop on Domestic Workers from Jakarta based Independent Journalist Alliance (AJIJAK).

During my stint as a journalist, I have been stationed to several posts including the Presidential Palace, Jakarta Regional Metro Police Headquarter, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, National Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Women, National Commission on Children, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Tourism.

My articles ranging from Rohingya refugee, human rights violence on Papua, violence on women and children, education, forest fire and environmental issue, street children and social problems, migrant workers, women and narcotics, and many more.

I have also travelled to some places in and outside Indonesia including Banda Aceh, Padang, Batusangkar, and Riau in Sumatra island; Cirebon, Bandung, Purwakarta, Sukabumi, Garut in West Java;  Kebumen, Semarang, Brebes, Tegal, Slawi, Magelang, Klaten, and Solo in Central Java; Yogyakarta; Surabaya, Batu Malang, Kediri in East Java; Balikpapan and Samarinda in east Borneo, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, Bali, Manado in North Sulawesi, Makassar in South Sulawesi, Wakatobi island, Poso and Palu in Central Sulawesi, Bangkok in Thailand, Siem Riep in Cambodia, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, and many more. These travelings provide me with a lot of insights and views on how to see culture, people and life differently.

And writing… is one of the few things that bring magic to my life. 

email me at utamid.kusumawati@gmail.com

 

 

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