He was born in Tegal, Central Java, 20 October 1960. He finished his study at Interior Design Program, Faculty of Visual Art, ITB, in 1991. In November 1996, he was invited by the Jakarta Art Council as a poet for the “Mimbar Penyair Abad 21” event.
He often presents in literary events such as Pertemuan Sastrawan Nusantara (1997), Panggung Cerpen Indonesia Mutakhir (TUK, 2003), Temu Sastra Kota (DKJ, 2003), Biennale Festival Sastra Internasional (TUK, 2005), Mitra Praja Utama (Disbudpar, 2009), Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2010), Bali Emerging Writers Festival (2011), Temu Sastra Indonesia-Malaysia (2015).
His books are published by various publishers, such as Senapan Cinta (short story collection, KataKita, 2004), Bercinta di Bawah Bulan (short story collection, Metafor Publishing, 2004), Aura Negeri Cinta (short story collection, Lingkar Pena Publishing House, 2005), Kincir Api (short story collection, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2005), Selembut Lumut Gunung (short story collection, Cipta Sekawan Media, 2006), Burung Kolibri Merah Dadu (short story collection, C Publishing, 2007), Interlude-Jeda (short story collection, Lembaga Pemerhati Kebijakan Publik, 2007), Kakawin Gajah Mada (novel, Pusat Bahasa, 2009), Merjan Merjan Jiwa (novel, Pustaka Kartini, 2010), Anak Arloji (short story collection, Serambi, 2011), Musim Gugur Telah Usai (short story collection, Elexmedia Komputindo, 2012), Mendaras Cahaya (poems anthology, Rumah Anggit, 2012).
He lives with his family in Jakarta, and is active at Facebook: Kurnia Effendi.