Past Indigenous Poets in Residence

Past Indigenous Poets in Residence


QPF’s Indigenous Poet in Residence program acknowledges the traditional owners of the land the festival is held on and the rich tradition of oral storytelling of Australia’s first poets, as well as showcasing the new wave of contemporary Aboriginal poets.The 2017 Indigenous Poet-in-Residence (PIR) was Ali Cobby Eckermann.

Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. Her works have been published in various languages, and she has travelled widely to showcase Aboriginal poetry overseas. 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 writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2016 Ali presented a Keynote at the Active Aesthetics conference in Berkeley California. In 2017 Ali receives a Windham-Campbell Award from Yale University.

Ali was the Indigenous PIR from 17-27th August for a 1.5 week residency. During this period she will conduct a free poetry workshop for community and A Night By The Fire (open to all) at kuril dhagun, public workshop and readings as part of Quandamooka Festival, be part of a free public In-Conversation with the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence at QAGOMA, deliver QPF2017’s Opening Night keynote address as well as being part of other feature readings & panels at QPF2017. Key dates are:

Thurs 17th August 2-3pm In-Conversation with the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, QAGOMA

Fri 18th August Reading, Quandamooka Festival

Sat 19th August Workshop with the 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Quandamooka Festival

Tues 22nd August Community Poetry Workshop, kuril dhagun

Tues 22nd August A Night By the Fire, kuril dhagun

Thurs 24-27th August Keynote, readings and talks as part of QPF2017 festival, Judith Wright Centre

The 2017 Indigenous Poet-in-Residence Program was supported by ATSICHS.