Red Room Poetry has announced Koolunga poet, Ali Cobby Eckermann, as its inaugural RRP Fellowship winner.
A proud Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha kunga poet, Ali said she was delighted to have been selected from such a formidable pool of Australian poets.
“I’ve always had great respect for Red Room Poetry and I look forward to being further immersed into the poetic Red Room Family,” Ali said.
“I’m at that time in my career where actual writing time is essential and I’m grateful for the opportunities this residency will bring.”
Highlights of her career include: Australian Poetry Ambassador to Ireland 2013, winner of the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel, the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship and is a featured writer at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival.
The judges stated Ali demonstrated a dynamic commitment to her craft and deepening connections with country, community and broader kinships.
Director Dr Tamryn Bennett said Red Room Poetry was delighted to award its first Fellowship to Ali to further develop her remarkable literary trajectory.
“The calibre of submissions we received was so high that Red Room has taken the extra ordinary step of awarding commissions to the other nine shortlist poets,” Dr Bennett said.
As part of the red Room Poetry Fellowship, Ali will receive: $5000 poetic stipend; $1000 commission to create a suite of poems; two-week residency at Bundanon Trust; travel assistance; paid professional employment; opportunity to present a public address and publication of commissioned poem(s) on public transport.
With a focus on making poetry accessible to everyone, Red Room Poetry seeks to reflect the diversity of Australian voices through various styles of poetry and through a range of languages and mediums.
The Fellowship has been established to foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community, encouraging poets to undertake an intensive period of creative development involving a range of commissions, residency, recordings and publications.
More information visit - www.redroomcompany.org/projects/fellowship The Red Room Poetry Fellowship is made possible with support from generous philanthropists.