slow melting sadness
became the midday sun
~ Ali Cobby Eckermann from 'The Bird Cage', Red Room Poetry Fellow 2017

Ali Cobby Eckermann named recipient of the inaugural Red Room Poetry Fellowship 2017

The Red Room Poetry Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. 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 publication outcomes.

Generous philanthropists make the Red Room Poetry Fellowship possible.

Applications are open to all poets previously commissioned by Red Room Poetry. There is no cost to submit to the Fellowship.

"When I received the news that I was successful for the Fellowship I was filled with both a joy and a confidence. The shortlist was filled with people that I admired so it really was a complement. The residency at Bundanon allowed me to explore more my poetry and I think bring it back to some playfulness. There’s times in our poetic lives where we get very serious about what’s happening in our families or our society around us, and residencies can allow a little bit of freshness and playfulness."

~ Ali Cobby Eckermann, Red Room Poetry Fellow 2017