Greetings from the Executive Director

In the current political frenzy, just weeks before Indonesia’s simultaneous presidential and legislative elections, World Poetry Day on March 21 came and went with little fanfare.  Yet Indonesian poetry, with its pantun and puisi (or syair and sajak), has withstood the test of time … Read More>>



Ruminations by John McGlynn

Lessons from Grandma
My grandmother of my father’s side, Mildred McGlynn, was a school teacher by training but after her marriage to my grandfather, John Alexander McGlynn, she spent the rest of her married life on the farm. Nonetheless, she instilled a strong love of education in their five children and, after my grandfather’s death in 1954… Read More>>


Author of the Month: Linus Suryadi

Linus Suryadi (Kadisobo, Yogyakarta, March 3, 1951–Yogyakarta, July 30, 1999) studied English at the Foreign Language Academy (Akademi Bahasa Asing) and at the Institute for Teacher Training and Education (Institut Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan / IKIP) Sanata Dharma (now Sanata Dharma University) but did not graduate… Read More>>

Book of the Month:

Pariyem’s Confession
by Linus Suryadi
translated by Jennifer Lindsay

Pariyem’s Confession is a long poem written in the first person–in the voice of a woman.


March Activities

Asia Literary Review

Recently, Lontar worked with the Asia Literary Review to compile a collection of Indonesian short stories for publication in time for the 2019 London Book Fair…Read More>>

London Book Fair 2019



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