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“Diary of A Questioning Girl” – this piece was first published with the title “Islam and I”, in Kill Your Darlings magazine’s Indonesia showcase, in partnership with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

A reflection about how we learn and practice religion, featuring God, a demon bird, a pharaoh, punks, and a blue-furred alien.

9905538236_7c600561d2_oThe Love Story of My Father and Me“, first published in BooksActually‘s Gold Standard.

A story about a teenage girl who wants to grow up strong and independent, but her mother wants her to be silent and obedient, and her father takes advantage of women who lead freer lifestyles. This one’s for all the girls who’ve had to find their own way, alone.

Handayani_CSMSomeplace between Respect and Desirein Ducts, featured story of the 2016 Summer Fiction issue. The novel excerpt was read to an audience in New York’s famous KGB Lit Bar, as part of the launch party.

My confusion and alarm soon turned to fear. I felt with every cell on my skin my disadvantaged situation: I was the woman and he was the man, I was Asian and he was white, I was just another local girl and he was the dashing coveted foreigner, I was younger, less experienced, less beautiful, and I probably liked him much more than he liked me. I was afraid if I let myself believe that he also liked me, if I let down my guard and let slip that I really liked him by, for example, telling him my life story in return, I would be doubly vulnerable. I would be at real risk of getting hurt. I decided to regard his move as an attempt to relax me before bedding me.

heat flesh trash “Higher” in Trash, an anthology of Southeast Asian urban fiction, part of the trio Heat Flash Trash, published by Fixi Novo.

An honest look into hidden Jakarta youth culture: a group of friends go to great lengths to hide their hedonistic lifestyle from their parents and respectable girlfriends.

Hysterium “Us + Them“, in Exchanges Journal: Hysterium issue. Publication date 5 December 2015.

She eyed the sweaty strangers around them, tearing off pieces of flesh, crunching into crackers, red sauce dripping from their fingers. Every now and then a lone grain of rice or shred of onion would cling to the corner of their lips, like a lonely outcast or scapegoat, only to be obliterated with a swipe of their greasy hands.

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Incorrigibles”, in the Griffith Review: New Asia Now. Publication date 29 July 2015.

A story about a group of punks in an Islamic school in Jakarta, who stood up against an abusive teacher.

‘You know people sometimes say that you’re bad kids, troublemakers. How do you feel about that?’

‘I’ve been labelled bad since I could crawl, and I’m still alive,’ said Revo.

‘Oh my God, I’ve got a brilliant idea!’ Selin said, ‘I want to paint bad labels on your foreheads!’

Revo laughed. ‘Yes! Do it! Label me “Incorrigible”!’

From Now on Everything will be Different”, published in issue 26 of the Asia Literary Review.

This time she burst into his world with her half-page profile in a Sunday newspaper on a page dedicated to emerging artists. It was several weeks after the corrupt president had stepped down, and the first time Rizky had heard from Julita since they had graduated from high school four years earlier.

House Fire.jpgHouse on Fire”, first published in bahasa Indonesia in Koran Tempo, 15 October 2006.

Somehow I’ve known this fire would be here when I wake up, the same way I’ve known you would not.

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“Buku Harian Perempuan yang Mempertanyakan Iman”

Tulisan ini pertama terbit dengan judul “Islam dan Aku” di Magdalene. Kemudian, ia muncul di dalam antologi Menjadi Perempuan (Elex Media Komputindo). Sebuah refleksi tentang cara kita memahami dan mempraktekkan agama, bercerita tentang Tuhan, burung hantu, firaun, dan makhluk luar angkasa.

“Pagi Harinya Aku Teringat…”, pertama terbit di majalah Femina edisi Oktober 2018.

Eliza pergi berkelana dan bercinta dengan laki-laki tampan dari berbagai penjuru dunia. Hingga ia menyelam ke dasar Palung Mariana dan bertemu dengan orang-orang yang tidak disangka-sangkanya.

“Sebaik-baik Manusia”, pertama terbit di Jurnal Perempuan no.96: Cinta dan Feminisme

L. baru tiba di New York sebagai mahasiswa berbeasiswa. Ia ingin sekali merentangkan sayap, terbang keluar dari zona nyaman, dan mengenyam citarasa kehidupan yang sesungguhnya. Namun, apa yang terjadi ketika seorang pria yang jauh lebih tua daripadanya mengajaknya berkencan?

Puncak Puncak“, pertama muncul dalam bahasa Inggris di antologi Trash, terbitan Fixi Novo.

Banyak orang mempersiapkan diri untuk memasuki bulan Ramadan dengan memperbanyak salat, doa, dan membaca Alquran. Lain dengan Ferdian, Risa, Patar, dkk. Mereka mempersiapkan diri dengan melampiaskan nafsu berpesta, mabuk, dan teler sepuas-puasnya agar tahan puasa hura-hura selama sebulan penuh. Keseruan pesta mereka terusik ketika Lani, pacar Patar yang merupakan “cewek baik-baik” dan memiliki ayah seorang polisi, memaksa ingin bergabung.

us and them pointillized copyUs + Them“, pertama terbit di Exchanges Journal, Sabtu 5 Desember 2015.

Diliriknya wajah-wajah asing berlumur keringat di sekitarnya, menyobek sepotong daging, menggigit putus kerupuk, sambal merah menetes dari jemari. Sesekali sebutir nasi atau seiris bawang goreng tersisa di pinggir bibir mereka, bagai seorang minoritas atau kambing hitam, yang kemudian mereka enyahkan dengan sapuan tangan.

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Firdaus dari Kardus”, pertama terbit di Koran Tempo, Minggu 7 September 2014.

Demi menjauhkanku dari godaan setan, tawuran, dan kenakalan remaja lainnya, dua tahun lalu orangtuaku melumerkan tabungan mereka untuk menyelundupkanku ke sebuah sekolah swasta Islam. Aku menentang, mengambek, dan menangis.

young-couple-parliament-copySekarang Segalanya Berubah”, pertama terbit di Koran Tempo, Minggu 23 September 2012.

Cuplikan novel Mulai Saat Ini Segalanya Akan Berubah.

Itulah konfirmasi pertama yang diterimanya bahwa seseorang ternyata bisa mengarak perubahan, dan ia takkan lupa bagaimana ia mendengar bisikan Tuhan di sela derap langkah ribuan mahasiswa: ‘Kau pun bisa mengubah hidupmu.’

M. Akbar,

Rumah Terbakar”, pertama terbit di Koran Tempo, Minggu 15 Oktober 2006.

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