The Conjuror

Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas was born in Jakarta, 19 August 1979. She studied English Literature in Universitas Indonesia, Depok (2003) and received her masters in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling, Scotland (2005).

She is one of the founders of Komunitas BungaMatahari, a mailing list-based Indonesian poetry community that have embraced many poetry enthusiasts with its catchphrase “semua bisa berpuisi” or, roughly translated, “poetry for all”. She is also involved in Selatan, an online literary journal in Bahasa Indonesia, and PaviliunPuisi, a monthly open mic event that is open to poets, poetry communities and artists to showcase their works to an open-minded audience in a casual setting. 

Her poetry collections are Kota Ini Kembang Api and Non-Spesifik, both published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama. She also has a column, From Our Breakfast Table, on The Murmur House. She plans to write some more, particularly on the subjects of memory and place. She is also interested in exploring themes of day-to-day life, motherhood and mental illness through writing in collaboration with other art forms, such as film, music, drawing, painting and dancing.

She currently resides in Jakarta, with her husband and daughter. Anya, which is how people call her, may be reached via email g.c.rompas at gmail dot com or simply leave your message here.

2 thoughts on “The Conjuror

  1. hi anya,

    where can i read some of your texts in english version? on this site i find mostly only bahasa indonesia…

    regards from berlin where i am back now after all. hope you got back well too. it was really good to meet you in ubud, hope to see you soon again.

    best, yours martin

  2. Chilling wisps of light moisture on my face
    Cools as traces of a tedious daily journey remain upon my weary soul
    Startling joy! These words so fresh and melodic!
    Formed from passion and appreciation of all the beauty that prose can be – yea the gods have surely heard my plea!
    A note of gratitude. For now my heart is warm…

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