Cok Sawitri, born in Sideman (Bali) in 1968, is a journalist, novelist, playwright, poet, and activist. Her poetry, short stories, essays, and feature articles have appeared in most every major national literary publication. Translations of her work have appeared in Bali: Living in Two Worlds (2002) and Bali Rediscovered (2004). Her most recent published work, a novel titled Janda Dari Jirah (The Widow from Jirah), was short-listed for the 2006-2007 Khatulistiwa Literary Award. She has staged eighteen dramatic works and is well known in Bali and beyond for her work in community development and women's empowerment.