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Ellie Sawatzky is a poet and writer, originally from Kenora, Ontario. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Rhinocerotic (Frog Hollow Press 2018), and the winner of CV2’s 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize. Her poetry and fiction have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Room, The Puritan, Little Fiction, The Dalhousie Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program, and lives in Vancouver.

Award History

2019 Finalist

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for Unorganized Territory

Jury Citation

"The internet works in these poems the same way it works in real life: as scaffolding, symbol, vernacular, and an outer district of the speaker’s inner life, real and deep and dark as dreams. Ellie Sawatzky’s lines are precise and coiled, catching and unravelling like breath — the kind that moves through you late at night in a stranger’s bed or your childhood home, or when you’ve been sitting at your laptop for hours clicking through a cascade of links until your body disappears. With confidence, grace, and control, the poems in 'Unorganized Territory' capture something intangible about one’s interior world."

—2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Jury (Jordan Abel, Sue Goyette, and Emma Healey)

Works recognized by WT