Born Gustrafizal Busra on August 13, 1965 in Payakumbuh, West Sumatra, Gus tf Sakai is a prolific writer of prose and poetry, the latter under the name Gus tf. His works have been widely published over almost thirty years and he is regarded as one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary writers. His collection of short stories, Kemilau Cahaya dan Perempuan Buta (The Dazzle of Light and the Blind Woman) was co-recipient of the first Lontar Literary Award in 2001. As part of that prize, in 2002, the collection was translated into English and published by the Lontar Foundation (under the title The Barber and Other Short Stories). That same year, the book received a literary prize from the National Language Board. He has published several novels, as well as many novellas and collections of short stories and poetry. In 2004, Gus tf Sakai was named Indonesia’s recipient of the SEA-Write Award, presented annually by the Kingdom of Thailand. In 2007 his collection of stories titled Perantau was chosen by readers of Tempo newspaper as best book of the year and also won the Khatulistiwa Award. Among numerous prizes, Gus tf Sakai received the “Dedicated Writers Award” presented by Kompas newspaper in 2010. Gus tf Sakai returned to live in Payakumbuh with his family in 1996 where he has pursued his passion for writing in his native West Sumatra. He is a master storyteller who explores the mystical and traditional elements of Indonesian folklore within the processes of modern Indonesian society.