Junaedi Setiyono was born in Kebumen, Central Java, on December 16, 1965. He has taught in the English Language Education Department of his alma mater, the Muhammadiyah University in Purworejo, Central Java, since 1997.
Setiyono is drawn to historical fiction related to the Java War (1825-1830). His first novel, Glonggong, published by Serambi in 2007, won the 2006 Jakarta Arts Council Novel Writing Competition and was one of the finalists of the 2008 Khatulistiwa Literary Award. His second novel, Arumdalu (Serambi, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 Khatulistiwa Literary Award. In 2010, the manuscript of his third novel, Dasamuka, won the Jakarta Arts Council Novel Writing Competition and was published by Penerbit Ombak in 2017. Setiyono was also awarded a scholarship from Ohio State University as part of his doctorate degree in language education, which he received in 2016 from the Semarang State University.
Setiyono’s love for writing originates with the Javanese folk stories his mother told him when he was growing up. Through his writing, Setiyono hopes to share his belief that man should not be separated by ethnic, religious, racial, or intergroup relations. He also believes that literature can unite human beings around the world.
Aside from working on his next historical novel, which is set in a Javanese kingdom in the twelfth century, Setiyono is currently doing research on how English teaching can be a catalyst to promote Indonesian teaching in Indonesia.
Setiyono lives with his wife, Sari Wahyuni, and his children, Martin Nuh Hanan and Maryam Mufidah, in Purworejo, Central Java. He can be contacted via his email address: email@example.com
Maya Denisa Saputra was born on July 30, 1990 in Denpasar, the capital of Bali, and grew up on Indonesia’s “island of the gods.” She left briefly to finish her education, a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the UK-based University of Bradford in Singapore. While holding a position in the accounting department of a family business, she pursues her interests in writing, literary translation, and photography.
Maya’s writings and translation work have appeared in the Buddhist Fellowship Singapore’s newsletter, “Connection,” an online platform that gathers writings about physical and mental wellness, “B.Philosophy,” and “LitSync,” online communities of aspiring fiction writers, and “Intersastra,” a literary translation initiative.
She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.