Triyanto Triwikromo was the winner of the 2009 Language Center Literary Award for the short story collection, Ular di Mangkuk Nabi (The Snake in the Prophet’s Bowl). Ten of his short stories in the Kompas Short Story Choice from 2003-2012 were published in book form as Celeng Satu Celeng Semua (One Wild Pig All Wild Pigs, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2013). His short story “Cahaya Sunyi Ibu” (Mother’s Quiet Light) was carried in the 2008 Golden Pen Literary Award for 20 Best Indonesian Short Stories. His most recent book is Surga Sungsang (Wrong Side Up Heaven), a novel published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in 2014.
From 2012 to 2013, Triyanto was involved in implementing the citybooks program that was produced by deBuren, a renowned Belgian cultural organization. This program facilitated the translation of ten long poems of his about Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java, into Dutch, English and French. His short stories have been also translated into Swedish and English.
Triyanto Triwikromo was born in Salatiga, Central Java, on September 15, 1964 and graduated from Diponegoro University in Semarang with a master’s degree in literature. He worked as a lecturer in Creative Writing at his alma mater and as managing editor at the daily newspaper Suara Merdeka. In addition to composing poetry (which, among others, was published in the bilingual edition Mud Purgatory in 2008), he has written collections of short stories.