Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga (woman) born on Kaurna land in 1963. As a baby Ali was adopted into the Eckermann family. After failed attempts she was assisted by Link Up to find her mother Audrey, and four years later her son Jonnie. Her journey was supported by many members of the Stolen Generations. She regularly visits her traditional family in rural and remote South Australia; to learn and to heal. After nearly thirty years in the Northern Territory, Ali chooses to live in the ‘intervention-free’ village of Koolunga, South Australia, where she is renovating the old general store and establishing an Aboriginal Writers Retreat. Ali is currently researching Aboriginal massacres in South Australia and was awarded grant money for this project by the Australia Council.
Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first book of poetry little bit long time was published by the Australian Poetry Centre as part of the New Poets series in 2009. little bit long time sold out in months and has been reprinted by Picaro Press. Along with the publication of ‘Intervention Payback’ in that year’s Best Australian Poetry edited by Robert Adamson, little bit long time introduced Ali Cobby Eckermann’s work to an Australian audience and firmly established her as a strong and vital emotive voice within Australian Aboriginal literature and one of the most remarkable poets to emerge in Australian poetry since the 1970s. Her work has garnered her many invitations to national and international literary festivals, including the prestigious Ubud Writers and Readers Festival held each year in Indonesia. Her second collection, Kami, was published in 2010 by Vagabond Press.
Ali has won several awards including First Prize in ATSI Survival Poetry competition in 2006, First Prize Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award NT in 2008, and was Highly Commended for the Marion Eldridge Award in 2009. Her poetry has been translated and published in Croatia, Indonesia, Greek and New Zealand. Her first verse novel My Fathers Eyes will be launched in Sydney March 2011.