Ali Cobby Eckermann is a celebrated poet and writer living in Koolunga, South Australia, where she has established an Aboriginal writer’s retreat. She identifies with the Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha people from the north-west desert country of South Australia.
Ali won the ATSI Survival Poetry competition in 2006 and the Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Northern Territory Award in 2008. In 2012 she won the Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. Ruby Moonlight won the kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Competition through the State Library of Queensland and in 2013 was awarded the Kenneth Slessor Prize and Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards.