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Lily Yulianti Farid, journalist and writer, was born in 1971 and raised in Makassar (South Sulawesi). She wrote her first published work, a novella, when she was still in high school. As a journalist she has worked for Kompas daily newspaper (1996-2000), Radio Australia, Melbourne (2001-4), Radio Japan, and NHK World in Tokyo (2004-8). Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. She published her short-story collection Makkunrai in early 2008 and followed with another, Maiasaura, in midyear.