As a young man, Hadiwinata (Palembang, 1998) left his home in Indonesia to try to make a living overseas as a migrant worker, like 4.5 million other Indonesians. Responding to grinding poverty and lack of opportunities at home, he set off for Sarawak in Malaysia, where he worked at a plywood factory. He has since published a collection of 35 poems reflecting his experiences in Malaysia, with themes of dislocation, loss of identity, estrangement, and hopelessness. He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He has published poetry and short stories in eleven collections and has two dedicated publications.