Khairani Barokka is a writer and artist from Jakarta, currently based in London. Her work has been presented extensively, in 16 countries, and centres forms of disability justice as anti-colonial praxis. Okka was a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change, an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow, and Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence. Her interdisciplinary artwork has been an Artforum Must-See. She is currently Associate Artist at the UK’s National Centre for Writing, and Researcher-in-Residence and Research Fellow at University of the Arts London’s Decolonising Arts Institute. Okka is co-editor of “Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back”, author-illustrator of “Indigenous Species” (Tilted Axis; Vietnamese translation by Red, AJAR Press) and of debut poetry collection “Rope” (Nine Arches).
JILF is an annual international literary festival initiated by the Literary Committee of Jakarta Arts Council (JAC). Just as JAC was built and nurtured by artists and for arts, JILF was founded by writers for the sake of literature and book industry.