Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection 'little bit long time' was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received the inaugural Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA.