Joko Pinurbo is one of the prominent Indonesian poets graduated in 1987 from the Institute of Teacher and Education (University) Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta. He then taught at his alma mater while helping culture magazine Basis. His published poetry collections among other Celana (1999) and Di Bawah Kibaran Sarung (2001). In 2001 he won Penghargaan Buku Puisi Terbaik Dewan Kesenian Jakarta, Hadiah Sastra Lontar, and Sih Award. He was also elected as a literary figure in Tempo magazine. He often appears in discussions and poetry readings at various places / forums, among other transnational Poetry Festival in Jakarta (2001), Winternachten Literature Festival in the Netherlands (2002) and the International Poetry Festival in Solo (2002).