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Zakariya Amataya was born on May 25, 1975 in the southern province of Narathiwat’s Bacho district, along the Budo mountain. He received his primary education at Ban Kalupae School, his secondary at Attarkiah Islamiah Institute, both in Narathiwat, followed by Islamic College of Bangkok.  He then spent five years in central India studying Islamic Sciences, Arabic Language and Literature at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama College before returning home to study Comparative Religion at Mahidol University. 

He initially discovered his passion for poetry during his years in India. The atmosphere and culture at the college were the attributes to his interests as well as foreign literature and philosophy.  During his junior year, his writing on free-verse poetry had started to flourish when he took courses in Classic, Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Literature.

From India to Thailand, free-verse poetry has mastered its popularity among literary circles, and Zakariya wanted to become a “bridge” between different cultures and languages.  His first translated book called “Duay-Jit-Winyarn-Aun-Piemsook (Happy Soul)” was published with marginal distribution, whereas his poems were more widely publicized on numerous online blogs. He later founded his own website wwww.thaipoetsociety.com as a communal channel for poetry forums and critics.

Since 2004, Zakariya’s translated works and poems have been constantly published on newspapers and journals. /Furthermore, his interest in Photography has been emerged since his early years in the elementary. “No Women in Poetry” was his first compilation of poems in the past ten years which received S.E.A. Write Award in 2010. At present, he endlessly studies literature, writes and translates poetry, while conducting poetry reading sessions and events. Zakariya has been trying to write a novel based on the memories of his childhood and hometown for more than two years now. 

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20 Responses

  1. assalamualaikum wr wb

    Apa kabar Akhi Zakariya?
    Saya sudah di Jakarta, now I’m watching your blog, bagus sekali ! keep up the good work
    sampai jumpa kembali di Mahidol, insya Allah

    wassalam,
    Heru Susetyo
    Jakarta

  2. waalaikum salam

    You are first guest of The Republic of Poetry!
    I hope u will have a nice day with The Republic of Cinta.

    with PEACE
    Z.Amataya

  3. hey, i just like it and wishing i have a chance to visit yr country n yr wonderful people!!!
    🙂
    regards,

  4. Your welcome sam (“,)

  5. SalaM

    Your Poet so beautiful !!!!!!

    with PEACE & LOVE

    bye

    Na – dA

  6. Assalamualaikum Zakariya,

    Saya wartawan Sastera dari akhbar di Malaysia, iaitu Berita Harian. Saya sedang menulis tentang saudara untuk ruangan Sastera.com mengenai laporan Bangkok Post terhadap kemenangan saudara.

    Untuk itu, saya juga memerlukan gambar saudara. Boleh saudara e-melkan gambar saudara yang bersaiz sekurang-kurangnya 2 megapixel untuk disiarkan bersama berita itu?

    Saya juag berharap kita dapat berhubung melalui e-mel untuk saya wawancara saudara pula tentang pelbagai isu sastera di Thailand termasuk potensi penyair muda dan sebagainya.

    Saya boleh dihubungi melalui e-mel bukunotakaki@yahoo.com atau nazmi@bharian.com.my

    Assalamualaikum

  7. Dear Zakariya,

    I just read about you in the NY Times.

    Very happy for you !

    Scott

  8. I am a poet living in San Francisco, and was moved by your story in today’s NYTimes. Your words are beautiful! Much love, Ingrid Keir

  9. Zakariya
    somos de um grupo brasileiro
    vamos escrever poemas a partir de seu belo texto
    enviaremos, em português, posteriormente
    abraços, Raulito

  10. Hi Zakariya,

    Many congratulations on the S.E.A. Write Award. I’m an American poet, and I’ve just moved to Bangkok.

    If you’re ever interested in meeting up for coffee & some talk about poems, send me an email — I’d enjoy getting together.

    All best wishes to you,

    Colin

  11. Dear Khun Zakariya,
    I would like to contact you directly regarding a possible writer residency in Honolulu in 2011. Would you be willing to send me your direct email contact address at ckhewhok@ddcf.org so that I can share the details with you?
    Many thanks,
    Carol Khehwok

  12. Dear Zakariya,

    I read missing and want to do a book review on There is no women in the poetry for one of my graduate class on public policy here in Singapore. I hope you don’t if I later submit that review for publication.

    I’ll let you know when it has been accepted. But i wanted to let you know before hand.

    I felt your poem, btw.

  13. Dear Khun Zakariya,

    Need to know if you are still planning to come to Honolulu. Please contact me.

  14. Dear Khun Zakariya,

    My name is Monica and I am the librarian at the British International School, Phuket (http://www.bisphuket.ac.th/). I am interested in having you visit our school to work with secondary students in developing their written poetry. I am also looking at the possibility of having a SLAM poetry competition in the school. I am hoping this would be in March 2012, I am currently speaking with an Australian SLAM poet names Omar Musa and hoping that you may be able to come to the school at the same time.
    Please contact me if are interested in this mmorscheck@bisphuket.ac.th

    • Dear Monica

      I appreciate your invitation. Definitely, I would love to join your program and please send me the schedule as soon as you plan it out.

      Best regard
      Z.Amataya

  15. ambo gi jale ko bakok….gi minum sambil dok termenung dalam zam zam tepat ore mudo minum dekat sejid di petchaburi …..ternampok buku demo hok satu ni…..ambo ambik baco….jelira dale dado…..rasa menitik air mato,,,,,sudah bertahun ambo cari sajak yang begitu bersahaja….tibo tibo ambo rasa nak main makyong menora di negara yang penuh dengan senyum ni…..sambil tersenyum ambo mitok beli buku demo itu..tapi budak yang warak itu kata tak boleh….tak apolah adik jame lo ni teknologi tinggi….ilmu ni ke kita boleh cari…itulah sukonya ambo….maka ambo pun keliklah ko tempat beradu di first hotel petcheburi dengan hasrat nak kelik semula ko tempat itu esok male nak baco lagi,,,tapi kaki gelecoh..sakit dan bekok….sehinggo lah balik ko kota baru kelate….sambil nak jenera ambo capai alam maya dan cuba berbicara yang satu ini…..iyo benarlah ore tino ….dia ada macam tak dok…tapi ambo suko jadi tino…..akhirnya tidorlah lelap mata…tidor nyenyok dan jangan lupo mak bondo yang menyusukan kita….ore tino..

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