Yacinta Kurniasih was born in Kedungjati in Central Java Indonesia and was educated both in Indonesia and Australia, before commencing her academic career in Australia. She is currently teaching in Indonesian Studies Program, Arts Faculty, Monash University.

She is the co-author of Javanese-English Dictionary (Periplus, 2002) and Basic Indonesian: An Introductory Coursebook (Tuttle, 2010). She often runs workshop for Indonesian teachers and works as a Indonesian and Javanese language and culture consultant. She is an active member of Indonesian community in Victoria and Australia. In spare time she writes and perform poem and short stories in Javanese, Indonesian and English.