Oka Rusmini

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Oka Rusmini
Born Oka Rusmini
July 11, 1967
Occupation Writer, Journalist
Language Indonesian
Nationality Indonesia
Citizenship Indonesia
Education Literature, Faculty of Udayana University
Genre Poetry, Fiction
Subject Literature
Spouse Arif Bagus Prasetyo
Children Pasha Renaisan

Oka Rusmini (Ida Ayu Oka Rusmini), the poet and novelist, was born on 11 July 1967 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Presently, she lives in Denpasar, Bali. Her writing is characteristic of the condition of women in the patriarchal culture in traditional society.[1]

Oka has to her credit collections of short stories, poems and novels. Oka's poem has also been included along with twelve other Balinese contributors in a book entitled Bali Living in Two Worlds, edited by Urs Ramseyer from the Museum der Kulturen Basel in Switzerland.[2]

She has also served as the fashion editor in the Bali Post, the largest local newspaper in Bali. She has been speaking at various national and international literary forums, such as "Ubud Writers and Readers Festival" in Bali; the "Pulpit Poet 21st Century" at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta in 1996; ASEAN Writers Writing Program, 1997; "International Poetry Festival", Surakarta, 2002 and that in Denpasar, Bali in 2003. She represented Indonesia at the "Winternachten Literature Festival" in The Hague and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2003, she was invited as a guest author at the University of Hamburg, Germany.[3]


In 1994, she won the best short story prize for her entry "Putu Menolong Tuhan" in the Femina magazine, which was also translated as "Putu Helps his God" by Vern Cork and included in a book Bali Behind the Seen, published in Australia. In the same magazine, her novel "Sagra" won the prize for the novel category. This was followed by the Horizon literary magazine best short story award for her collection of stories entitled "Pemahat Abad", translated as The Sculptor of the Century, in the period 1999-2000. Her short story "The Century Carver" has been translated into English by Pamela Allen. Poetry Journal awarded her with the best poetry in 2002. In 2003, her novel Tarian Bumi, "Dance of the Earth" was hailed as the "Work Honorees Writing Literature 2003" by the Ministry of Education, Language Centre, Indonesia.[4] The novel has been translated in German and is in process to be translated into English by Lontar Foundation.



  1. ^ "Oka Rusmini". goodreads. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oka Rusmini's pen breaks tradition". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oka Rusmini: Interview". Rag. Archived from the original on March 16, 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Oka Rusmini". IndonesiaTera. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Rereading Lives: "Century Carver" by Oka Rusmini
  • [2] PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Vol 7, No 2 (2010): "Outcaste by Choice: Re-Genderings in a Short Story by Oka Rusmini"
  • [3] Inside Indonesia: "Marrying Up in Bali"
  • [4] Singapore Writers Festival