Each spring, eight writers from around the world receive a phone call to tell them that they’ve been awarded a Windham-Campbell Literature Prize. In 2017, Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann received such a call, becoming the first poet, and the first Indigenous writer, to receive the US$165,000 prize from Yale University. Join Ali and Prize Director Michael Kelleher for a conversation about how recipients are selected and the effect winning has on a writer’s life.

Supported by The Windham-Campbell Prizes.

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.

Michael Kelleher (International)

Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher is a US poet and Director of Yale's Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes. His most recent poetry collections are Visible Instruments and Museum Hours.