Illya Syahirah Mohd Razif

Illya Syahirah Mohd Razif

Facilitator

Illya Sumanto is a Malaysian spoken word poet, event organiser and part-time TV host. She was named the winner of the KL Poetry Slam circa 2009. The first poetry event that she organised her own “Raja-raja Kolar Biru” caught the eye of Media Prima’s Chairman, Dato’ Johan Jaafar, to have read his own piece there. She went to Singapore with the poetry ensemble called ‘The Lost Poets’ to represent Malaysia in the Lit Up Fest. All this before even graduating with a Lit degree.

She is currently having fun with ‘SERONOK’, a multinational Indonesia-Malaysia-US-UK poetry-art-technology collaboration, where they have recently performed in Jakarta and Asia’s biggest literary event “Ubud’s Writers & Readers Festival”. Besides that, she is now working with PopTeeVee for a famous YouTube vlog series “Giler Selamba Jane”. Being a teacher makes her feel complete. Illya directs choral speaking, plays, and musicals for children and was also part of Oh My English 1 & 2 at School programmes!