Ali Cobby Eckermann grew up in South Australia and has spent time living in the Northern Territory. Ali's family are from the APY Lands (Anangu, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara) north west of South Australia. In 2006 she was chosen for the Australian Society of Authors mentorship program. [Source: TERRA, p. 397] Ali co-ordinated the Fred Hollows Foundation See My World project for Indigenous young adults and is involved in the Aboriginal Writers Retreat based in Koolunga, South Australia.
In 2011, Eckermann's verse novel manuscript, Ruby Moonlight, won the kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship, which is part of the black&write! Indigenous Editing and Writing Project, the State Library of Queensland.