2019 FinalistHilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
"The brilliant essays in A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, linked by Alicia Elliott’s take-no-prisoners intensity and creative intellect, gallop along with increasing speed and passion as one leads to the next, throwing a much-needed pail of cold water upon Canada’s self-satisfied response to the call for Reconciliation. Experimenting with form, she artfully unrolls her life in a way that allows the reader to best hear her powerful insights on land, memory, and mental illness. Personal, political, and gut-wrenching, these stories overturn every stone in Elliott’s path, revealing the subtle and not-so-subtle persistence of the colonial, racist mindset as it continues to impact Indigenous lives today."
— 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Ivan Coyote, Trevor Herriot, and Manjushree Thapa)