In March this year, Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha poet Ali Cobby Eckermann received an email telling her she’d won the Windham-Campbell prize, worth $215,000. The email the winners receive is the first time they learn of their consideration. This sudden recognition propelled Ali onto the international literary stage. Ali has published three collections of poetry, a verse novel and a ‘poetic memoir’, Too Afraid to Cry, which she described as an ‘emotional timeline’ of the Stolen Generations. Ali talks to Peter Minter about her work, her art and the changes that global recognition brings.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australian)

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University in 2017. Ali presented at the WORD Festival in Christchurch NZ and an Australian Aesthetics Keynote at Berkeley in 2016. Inside My Mother is her latest collection of poems and published by Giramondo in 2015. In 2014 Ali was the first Aboriginal Australian author to attend the International Writing Program in Iowa, USA and present at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan, India.