2019 FinalistRBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for Unorganized Territory
"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)