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 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 presented at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan India.
Peter Minter (Australian)
Peter Minter is a poet, editor and writer on poetry and poetics. His many books include the award-winning Empty Texas and blue grass, and his poetry has been widely published and translated internationally, most recently, In the Serious Light of Nothing. He was a founding editor of Cordite, co-edited the pioneering anthologies Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets and the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, and has been the poetry editor for leading Australian journals Meanjin and Overland. He teaches Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing and Australian Literature at the University of Sydney.