Madina Malahayati Chumaera

student & poet & etc


Madina Malahayati Chumaera is an 18-year-old student in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia. She writes, draws, and spends her time cataloging books about space and brains that she should read soon but pretends to not have time for. Her interests lie in the intersection between the humanities and the sciences.

Her book, CONTACT LIGHT: the void inside and out was published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in October 2017. Originally written as her IB MYP Personal Project, it is a collection of prose and poetry revolving around the concept of the human brain, outer space, and connection between them.

She has been published in VICE Indonesia, Rambutan Literary, and L’éphémère Review, among others.

malahayatic [at] gmail [dot] com

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Works & Publications

BOOKS / CONTACT LIGHT: the void inside and out (gramedia pustaka utama, october 2017)

LITERARY / on humaintain / MUSLIMS ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE (rambutan literary, june 2016) / girls your age (rambutan literary, june 2016, & reprinted in shared horizons, april 2018) / you don’t wither in this one (l'éphémère review, september 2016) / churning waters (vice indonesia, january 2018) / hymn for kemarau (kudeta magazine, february 2018) / FLINCH (kudeta magazine, september 2018) / to pawn a longing (may 2019, part of aaww’s transpacific literary project & tr. of annisa savitri’s poem menukar rindu) / AXIAL TILT (liminality mag, june 2019) / a bahasa i don't own (kill your darlings, july 2019 & part of the 2019 indonesia showcase in collaboration with UWRF)

OTHERS / illustration: lets meet again (werkloos mag, may 2016) / the tumblr poetry aesthetic, or: the stars, the sea, icarus, dark suburbia, and the (un)intentional pandering and ungrowth of the well-established (epoch, july 2017)

ZINES / all of this is dead and gone (january 2016) / O2 is dropping (march 2016) / WHAT A RIOT (august 2016) / i want to be better this time (july 2018)


these are selected works. click here for the full list.


EMPLOYMENT / writer & artist at kudeta magazine / editor at singtide magazine

WORKSHOPS & MENTORSHIPS / mentee at winter tangerine's online summer writing workshop (2016) / mentee at venus magazine's summer poetry workshop, under christina im (2017)

HONORS / 1st place winner for komunitas salihara's 2018 comparative literature critique competition for high school students, comparing oereog & jalan tak ada ujung

Mentions & Press

sleek new magazine showcases southeast asian writers & artists (the review review, summer 2016)featured writer, genetics & neuroscience series: madina malahayati (bioliterary, october 2017) new poetry book ‘contact light’ connects human experience with science, outer space (the jakarta globe, october 2017)is indonesian literature written in english still indonesian literature? (the jakarta globe, april 2018)what 10 books looked like before the final cover (electric literature, july 2018)melebur manusia dan semesta lewat puisi madina (, august 2018)