Jessica Jemalem Ginting

Poet, Comic Writer, Translator, Essayist, Editor 

Creator of Indonesian superhero comic ROSANA!

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Recent works

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UTOPIA: a remix zine

Edited by Jessica Ginting

UTOPIA: a remix zine is about imagining sunset freedoms, new and shiny versions of yourself, breakaway distant worlds, and contemplating in the difficult spaces in between.

 

Featuring seven Indonesian artists and writers, creating poetry and art based on each other's work: Amanda Kalbuadi, Chiara Situmorang, Bageur Al Ikhsan, Josephine Abigail, Teta, Madina Malahayati Chumaera and Jessica Jemalem Ginting.

ARTICLE
Community Spaces, Alternative Marketplaces: Indie Comics and Culture
Jessica presents her research on independent comics, indie comics culture, conventions, queer creators and fandom.
*OUT NOW*
POETRY CHAPBOOK, 2021
Voyages

Published by Bottlecap Press

Voyages is Jessica's second poetry collection. Influenced by speculative writing, it is a collection that follows the Earth and its inhabitants through various stages of transformation. Time, people, stories and places continuously evolve and morph, taking new forms. Science turns into dreams, then into a themed party at the apocalypse. Love turns into grief, then it turns people into salt. Humans, angels, animals are all made and unmade.

This poems in this collection combines portraits of the afterlife, idyllic realities, even ones fragmented at the seams, and lucid visions of the future.

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Culture Smart! Indonesia

Edited and Co-written by Jessica Ginting

Culture Smart! Indonesia describes the many different cultural backgrounds that make up this rainbow nation, helping you to better understand the values that underpin its diverse society. It reveals how modern Indonesians view themselves and go about their daily lives, and gives advice on how to navigate unfamiliar situations. Armed with essential cultural information and tips on effective communication, readers are better placed to have a more meaningful and successful experience in this fascinating country.

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TRANSLATION
the raven and the three-eyed fish
issue 4: 8 translations of the poem "Gagak dan Ikan Mata Tiga" by Erni Aladjai.
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COMIC
ROSANA! 
An ongoing original Indonesian superhero comic, created and by a team of Indonesian aritsts and written by Jessica.
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POETRY
New Verse News
 
Features Jessica's poem: 'I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR FOR THE APOCALYPSE' 
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POETRY
Toho Journal Vol. 1 'Unity'
 
Features Jessica's poem:
'MY SUMMER BARBIE
 

A message from the writer

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The temptation to over-describe yourself is unavoidable; like the temptation to over-write, overthink, over-produce in this age where we're all fighting for a slice of attention in this busy world. 

To keep things short: I am a writer and this is my space where I leave my online clutter for public viewing. I love writing knife-sharp poetry, messy essays about art and the world & stacking up my feelings inside ink-thick journal pages. 

Jessica Jemalem Ginting

Photograph by Alex Kie 
 

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