The University of Iowa

5Q Interview: Okky Madasari (Indonesia) 2017 IWP resident

The Writing University conducts is a series of interviews with writers while they are in Iowa City participating in the International Writing Program's fall residency. We sit down with authors to ask about their work, their process and their descriptions of home.

Today we are talking with Okky Madasari is a novelist from Indonesia.

1. Do you have a plan or project in mind for your time at the residency?

I do. I am working on my next novel. I have written 5 novels and 1 short stories collection. My novel is always about problems in my society and written for adults. Now for my next novel I want to publish novel than can be read by children even when they just can read. But for sure it will always bring social issues and humanity values.

2. What does your daily practice look like for your writing? Do you have a certain time when you write? Any specific routine?

Writing is part of my daily life. I write everyday and I don't need certain time and specific routine.

3. What are you currently reading right now? Are you reading for research or pleasure?

Now I am reading new novel of Arundhati Roy. To me reading has never been for pleasure. It's part of my writing process even without I think about that.

4. What is one thing the readers and writers of Iowa City should know about you and your work?

My works consistently brings one overarching theme: resistance against injustice and the struggle for freedom and humanity.

5. Tell us a bit about where you are from -- what are some favorite details you would like to share about your home?

I live in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. I have a lovely home called "Rumah Muara" that I designed not only for the best place for me to write but also as home of ideas and creativity for people. Every year I host Southeast Asia writers at my house as I also co-founder of ASEAN Literary Festival.


Thank you Okky!

Check the IWP website for events that will include Okky Madasari throughout the residency.