John H. McGlynn, a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (1981), lives in Jakarta where, in 1987, he established the Lontar Foundation, the only organization in the world devoted to the publication of Indonesian literature in translation.
Through Lontar, he has overseen the publication of close to two hundred books on Indonesian literature and culture. Also through Lontar, he has produced twenty-four films on Indonesian writers and more than thirty films on Indonesian performance traditions.
McGlynn is a contributing editor to several literary journals, including Manoa, Words Without Borders, Warscapes, and Cordite Review. He is a member of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) and the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association (APWT) and the as well as a trustee of the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), which oversees the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright and Humphrey scholarship programs in Indonesia. He is also supervisor of the Indonesian National Book Committee’s Literary- and Translation-Funding Programs.