Laksmi Pamuntjak is an award-winning Indonesian novelist, poet, food writer, and journalist. Her debut novel, Amba (The Question of Red), won Germany’s LiBeraturpreis, was short-listed for the 2012 Khatulistiwa Literary Award, and appeared on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Top 8 list of the best books of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015. She is also the author of two collections of poetry and five editions of the bestselling and award-winning Jakarta Good Food Guide, and she has served as translator for Indonesian poet and essayist Goenawan Mohamad.
Cofounder of Jakarta’s Aksara Bookstore, Pamuntjak was selected as the Indonesian representative for Poetry Parnassus at the 2012 London Olympics. She currently divides her time between Berlin and Jakarta.