Literature | Wednesday, 27 January 2010 | sundanesecorner.org
Born in Bandung, on May 10th, 1979, Atép Kurnia is one of the prolific young writers on Sundanese literature. I first met him in Bandung a couple of years ago when he was a worker of a textile factory in the village of Cikancung, Majalaya. He likes reading books, mainly literary works. Going down town, looking for used books from street vendors is one of his free time activities outside of the factory.
Quitting the factory jobs in the year 2003, he started writing articles for some local newspapers and magazines, including articles in Sundanese. Atep’s Sundanese columns and essays are issued in Cupumanik, Manglé, Galura, Seni Budaya, and Bina Da’wah magazine, whereas his Indonesian articles are published in Pikiran Rakyat, Kompas, and Tribun Jabar daily newspaper. He also writes some poems in Sundanese. In the year 2003 and 2006 he won LBSS (Institute for Sundanese Language and Literature) Literary Award.
From 2006 to 2008 he has been working as an editor of PT Kiblat Buku Utama, a Bandung-based publishing house. A father of a son, Atep is now studying on English literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Culture, State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung. He is in the 4th semester. Besides devoting attention in his study, he focuses his activities on helping Sundanese magazine Cupumanik and Center of Sundanese Studies (PSS).
His works, among others, are Ajengan dalam Perubahan Zaman: Biografi Dr (HC). K.H. E.Z. Muttaqien (2009, co-writer), Aura Waktu: Setengah abad ITB (2009, co-writer), Sastra Sunda Pinilih (2009, co-writer), Sajak Sunda (2009, co-writer), and Diafan (2009, co-writer).