Shenaz Patel is a journalist and writer from the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. She has published four novels, numerous short stories in French and Mauritian Creole, two plays, three graphic novels, four children’s books. She was awarded the Grand Literary Prize of the Indian and Pacific Ocean (Paris) in 2007 for her novel Le silence des Chagos.
She was an IWP (International Writers Program) Honorary Fellow in the U.S. in 2016, a fellow at City of Asylum, Pittsburgh in the same year, and has completed a research and writing fellowship at Harvard University in 2018, under the aegis of the Hutchins Centre/W.E.B du Bois Institute.
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.