As part of our Year of Literature, Bahasa Basudara embarked on an ambitious project at the start of 2021. We came up with the grand idea to give some of our talented and aspiring poets in Maluku a platform, where they would be able to share their work with a wider international public. It had been a project long in the making, and we’re delighted to finally present the launch of this worthwhile undertaking. We’re extremely proud to present to you our Summer of Poetry.
Over the past few months, we have been working closely with twelve poets from Maluku - some you may know of already - and have translated a selection of thirty poems from Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu Ambon, into English. The poets will be showcasing their poems (with English subtitles) on the Bahasa Basudara YouTube, on Facebook and on Instagram. Eko Saputra Poceratu will kick it off on Friday 6th August 2021 and then every other day in August and September, until Sunday 3rd October 2021, you can watch these talented artists (see attached schedule) perform their work.
We will publish an anthology of their work in Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu Ambon and English, with illustrations by Embong Salampessy, before the end of the year. Right in time for Christmas. The proceeds of this anthology will go to the poets.
Let us introduce you to the participating poets:
Agung Pranyoto (1992, Banda Neira). Agung started writing
in 2006 and has published a book of poetry collections titled Musim Kasmaran
(Season of Falling in Love, 2020). He has also contributed to two poetry
anthologies Paduan Karsan Volume 9 (2008) and Tana Putus Pusa
(Place of Origin, 2019). In November 2019 he played Sutan Sjahrir in the short
documentary film Bung di Banda
directed by Sergius Sutanto.
(1992, Poka). Chalvin studied
theology at the Indonesian Christian University of Maluku. He discovered art through
his friends in the Batu Karang community. He loves writing poetry and
theatrical scripts. In 2016 he was the Emerging Writer at the Makassar
International Writers Festival. In 2019 he published his first book of poems called
Eko Saputra Poceratu
(1992, Tihulale). Eko is a poet
and novelist and known to write about social themes, which deal with issues
that concern a particular group of people, whether it’s religious or societal.
He was the resident writer, representing eastern Indonesia (Maluku) in The Netherlands in 2019. He has won the following awards: Emerging Writer
(Makassar International Writers Festival 2018); Young Writer at SAPA
Kristiani Festival, Jakarta in 2018; Finalist in the Poetry category (Kusala
Sastra Equatorial festival 2019). His published work include: Pelangi
Biru (Blue Rainbow), Hari Minggu Ramai Sekali (Sunday is Very Hectic),
Sebiru Api Rindu (As Blue as the Fire of Yearning) and Dosa Penyair
(1995, Ambon). Emma loves to
write and wants to introduce Maluku, and especially its people, to the world.
It comes as no surprise that all her written work is about Maluku. She has a
desire to visit remote areas in Maluku and also wants to travel abroad. She
contributed to the anthology Katong Pung Orang (Our People, 2020). She
currently publishes all her work on Instagram.
Ahar (2000, Ambon). Judith studies
economics and business at Pattimura University in Ambon and likes to carve a meaning
through a series of words. She represented her university in the short writing
competition in 2018 during the National Student Art Week in Yogyakarta. She was
also the first winner of the Poetry Copyright Competition, which was organised
by the Maluku Literature Workshop in 2019. Some of her work has been published
in the poetry anthology Menenun Rinai Hujan (together with Sapardi Djoko
Damono and Selected Writers Indonesia, 2019); Anthology of National Poetry Competition (2019); Anthology of
the Role of Industrial Journalists 4.0 (2019); the book Membaca Perempuan Maluku (Reading
Moluccan Women, 2019), the anthology Katong Pung Orang (Our People, 2020),
and the anthology of Moluccan women essays Sio Ina (Oh Mother, 2020).
(1971, Ambon). Mariana is
married and has three children. You can class her style as lyrical poetry,
which is more a private expression of emotion. She cares about her environment
and Maluku’s nature. Mariana is a lecturer at the Education Faculty at
Pattimura University in Ambon. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies with
other Moluccans in Biarkan Katong Bakalai (Let Us Fight) and Pemberontakan
dari Timur (Rebellion from the East) and with other Indonesian poets in Nyanyian
Pulau-Pulau (Songs from the Islands) and Pesona Gemilang (Brilliant
Reasoa (1998, Saparua). Marthen is
the current chair of the Maluku Literary Workshop. His work covers nature, culture
and city life and they have been
published in the daily newspaper Mimbar
Rakyat. They have also been made into songs and poetry readings. His poems have been published
in several poetry anthologies, together with other poets; among others in poetry
anthology Biarkan Katong Bakalae (Let Us Fight, 2013), poetry anthology Rasa
Sejati (True Taste Poetry, 2017), poetry anthology Kita Dijajah Lagi
(We are Colonised Again - 2017); poetry anthology from the Banjarbaru's Rainy
Day Literary Festival (2018 & 2019); poetry anthology Menenun Rinai
Hujan (together with Sapardi Djoko Damono and Selected Writers Indonesia,
2019); poetry anthology Katong Pung Orang (Our People, 2020).
Gasko (1999, Dobo). Muhammad studies
law at Pattimura University in Ambon and fell in love with literature when he
was still in junior high school. He started writing more seriously in 2017.
Coming from the Aru islands his poetry are reflections of Aru's Customs and
Culture that sadly has started to erode. Muhammad has contributed to the poetry
anthology about Glenn Fredly and another poetry anthology Romantika Cinta
Heatubun (1996, Dobo). Silvester
started writing poetry, short stories and novels when he was in college. The
main subject of his writing is Moluccan culture, and he likes to tell his
stories through verse. Like his contemporaries, he too wants to travel abroad.
He also contributed to the poetry
anthology Katong Pung Orang (Our People, 2020). Silvester works at the
Education Office, Aru Islands Regency. Outside work he spends his time writing.
Abubakar Difinibun aka Tatanusi (1996,
studied at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences at Pattimura University
in Ambon. His topics touch on the people, and the social and physical
conditions they live in. He is a member of the university’s outdoor pursuits
club and is a freelance writer for Kompasiana, an online platform for bloggers.
He regularly posts his work on Instagram. He has contributed to the poetry anthology
Tanah Putus Pusa (Place of Origin, 2019).
Melsasail (1994, Ambon). Theodora is
a dancer and choreographer and has been active in the world of contemporary
dance art since 2011. She expresses her poetry through dance, with an emphasis
on her love for Maluku and situations at home. She focuses on educating the
Moluccan community through dance at schools and works on the Ruma Balajar
Project for children in Piru Village. In 2018 she founded a dance community for
young women in Ambon City called the Theo Dance Family. She was the resident
artist at the Bagong Kussudiardja Art Retreat Centre in Yogyakarta in 2019.
Madilis (1996, Amahei). Thomas
feels that his love of literature and poetry are an important part of life.
Through poetry, he can voice his criticism of Maluku. In 2020, he received the Best
Writer award at the National Poetry Writing competition held by the Centre of
the Art Competition. He was too has contributed to the poetry anthology Katong
Pung Orang (Our People, 2020).
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