Aprila Wayar


Country: Indonesia

Aprila Wayar, commonly known as Emil, is a Papuan journalist and novelist who grew up in West Java. In 2009, Emil’s first novel Mawar Hitam Tanpa Akar made her the first female novelist from Papua. The novel describes the struggle of indigenous Papuans in the midst of human rights violations committed by security forces.

Aprila Wayar atau yang biasa disapa Emil adalah seorang jurnalis dan novelis yang dibesarkan di Jawa Barat. Pada tahun 2009, novel pertama Emil berjudul Mawar Hitam Tanpa Akar menjadikannya seorang novelis perempuan pertama yang berasal dari Papua. Novel ini menggambarkan perjuangan orang asli Papua di tengah pelanggaran HAM yang dilakukan oleh oknum aparat keamanan.

Appearing in

Main Program | Voices from the East

Regional disparities in literary access have contributed to many eastern Indonesian stories and narratives remaining untold. Listen to writers and community activists Aprila RA Wayar, Felix K. Nesi, and Maria …


Main Program | The Media Landscape in SE Asia

Southeast Asia is a diverse and complex region, geographically, culturally, and politically, with challenging terrain for media outlets to capture all these factors. This panel discusses the issues that are …


Special Event | Uniting Humanity: Poetry of Conflict

Our poets from Ukraine present a powerful evening of words and wisdom from war-torn and troubled times. As citizens of this planet, we are all affected by disruptions in the …