Norman Erikson Pasaribu was born in Jakarta in 1990. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Indonesian State College of Accounting and worked for Indonesian's tax office for almost six years before resigning in 2016 to pursue writing. His debut poetry collection Sergius Mencari Bacchus (Sergius Seeks Bacchus) won first prize in the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council Poetry Manuscript Competition. The book was also shortlisted in the 2016 Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Poetry. Tiffany Tsao translates from Indonesian into English. Her work includes Norman Erikson Pasaribu's poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus (winner of the PEN Presents and PEN Translates awards) and the novels Paper Boats by Dee Lestari and The Birdwoman's Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak. She is currently working with Norman on translations of his fiction.