Makhfud Ikhwan. was born in Lamongan, May 7th, 1980. He graduated from the Literature Department, Gadjah Mada University, in 2003. He published his first novel, Ulid (2009) after working for five years as an employee at a publisher for school books. His second novel, Kambing dan Hujan (2015), won the Jakarta Arts Council Novel Competition in 2014 and Best Work in Novel Category from the Language Development and Fostering Agency. His third novel, Dawuk (2017) won the Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa Award. He has also published a short story collection, Belajar Mencintai Kambing (2016). 

He has also published an essay collection on film, Aku dan Film India Melawan Dunia (two editions, 2017), and two collection of essays on football, Dari Kekalahan ke Kematian (2018) and Sepakbola Tak Akan Pulang (2019).