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Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. Her writing has been published by The Malahat ReviewRoomGrain, CBC, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean's, among others. She is currently creative nonfiction editor at The Fiddlehead, associate nonfiction editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards in 2017. Elliott lives in Brantford, Ontario, with her husband and child.


Alicia Elliott's award-nominated book A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

Award History

2019 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

Jury Citation

"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)