Jayapura, Jubi – Benediktus Tigi told Jubi he was glad to participate in a series of writing skills training held by Papuan Literature Community (Kosapa) in Papua.
“I am happy to participate in a training on poetry writing, because of that, some of my wirings published in the Kosapa media. I also hope Kosapa can continue to conduct a training for Papuan youth to keep them update,” he said.
The Papuan Literature Community, known as Kosapa, was established in June 2009 following a discussion of two founders Gusti Masan Raya and Andi Tagihuma on Facebook. Later they initiated to form a Facebook group.
“It was born following to our concern on the literature development in Papua that has been stagnant at that moment while we knew that Papuans live in the midst of the richness of literature,” Tagihuma told Jubi at the Kosapa Library on Sunday (17/6/2018).
In the same year, he continued, Kosapa not only conducted a discussion on Facebook but also held various activities including the book review, film screenings, journalistic training and essays writing training for students. It even created a website www.sastrapapua.com.
In October 2012, Kosapa collaborated with Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati to conduct Event Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Jayapura and then with Jubi to manage with the literature section that published every Friday.
In 2017, Kosapa published three books of short story anthology, poetry, and wise words. The publication of these books was aimed to encourage the literature development in Papua and appreciated the Papuan authors who wrote those books.
“Currently there are eight drafts of books that ready to publish,” said Tagihuma who was the coordinator of Kosapa until 2016. He also hopes Papuan authors not only get recognition locally but also internationally.
Since 2016, Kosapa has a new board, Hengky Yeimo as the coordinator and Aleks Giay as the secretary. It continues with a series of activities including literacy campaign, training on both fiction and non-fiction writing skills for both students and public, reading poetry, consolidation of literature activists in Papua and public gathering to watch documentary films related to science, weekly and monthly discussion session involving the literature and cultural activists in Jayapura City.
The secretary of Kosapa Alex Giyai said Kosapa established to promote the local culture and Papuan literature that closely related to oral culture. “We must save the oral culture in the form of writing, if not Papuan generation will lose their identity,” he said.
Kosapa, he continued, dreams for the born of more Papuan authors because there are still many historical stories and issues in the past that have not yet revealed. It is an opportunity for Papuans to tell their own stories rather than the outsiders.
Meanwhile, Alfrida Yomanop, author of the book “Lembahayung Senja” said the role of Kosapa in promoting the local wisdom and Papuan literature as well as to promote literacy in Papua is very important.
“I appreciate my friends in Kosapa who continue to support the literature development in Papua through various activities. They have encouraged the younger generation of Papua to be able to write the native stories from their respective areas,” she said. (*)
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier