|Born||1987 (age 32–33)|
Early life and education
Elliott was born in the United States and moved with her family to the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario when she was 13. Although located in southern Ontario close to major cities, her home, like many others on the reserve, didn't have running water. She attended high school in the nearby city of Brantford, graduating in 2005.
Elliott's first paid writing opportunity occurred in 2015 when she wrote an article about band elections for Briarpatch magazine titled "The Meaning of Elections for Six Nations". In 2016, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson asked Elliott to contribute to the issue of The Malahat Review she was editing. Elliott's essay, "A Mind Spread Out On The Ground", went on to win a National Magazine Award, a prize that Elliot credits with kickstarting her career.
The next year, Elliott was selected by Tanya Talaga to receive the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award, which includes a cash prize and a mentorship component. A collection of Elliott's essays, also titled A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was published by Penguin Random House in 2019.
From 2017-2018 she was the Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at the University of British Columbia. She was selected as the first mentor-in-residence for Canadian feminist literary journal Room and currently[when?] serves as the creative nonfiction editor at The Fiddlehead.
In addition to her essays, Elliott has written for newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Maisonneuve, Today's Parent and Reader's Digest.
- Short stories
- "On Seeing and Being Seen: The Difference Between Writing With Empathy and Writing With Love," Room, 2018.
- "A Mind Spread Out On The Ground," The Malahat Review, Winter 2016.
- "The Meaning of Elections for Six Nations," Briarpatch, 2016.
Awards and honours
- Gold prize at the National Magazine Awards for "A Mind Spread Out On The Ground" (2017).
- RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award (2018).
- "Unearth" was selected to appear in The Best American Short Stories 2018 collection.
- "Tracks" was selected to appear in the Best Canadian Stories 2018.
- Longlist, Journey Prize for Short Fiction for "Tracks", 2018.
- Elliott, Alicia (29 April 2019). "'I Wanted to Be Beautiful—Or, at Least, Clean': What It's Like To Grow Up Without Running Water". Chatelaine.
- Singh, Katherine (30 September 2018). "How I Made It: Alicia Elliott, Writer". Flare.
- Johns, Jessica (3 July 2017). "Get to Know: Alicia Elliott". Prism.
- Wheeler, Brad (3 May 2018). "Alicia Elliott wins RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". The Globe and Mail.
- Carter, Sue (21 March 2019). "Haudenosaunee author Alicia Elliott explores how our actions ripple for generations into the future". The Star.
- Johns, Jessica. "An Interview with Alicia Elliott: Room's First Mentor-in-Residence". Room. The West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
- Patrick, Ryan B. (July 14, 2017). "12 writers make 2018 longlist for $10K Journey Prize for short fiction". CBC Books. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
- "Contributor News: Alicia Elliott Story to Appear in The Best American Short Stories 2018". Grain. Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. March 20, 2018. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
- Elliott, Alicia. "On Seeing and Being Seen: The Difference Between Writing With Empathy and Writing With Love". Room. The West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
- Elliott, Alicia (Winter 2016). "A Mind Spread Out On The Ground" (PDF). The Malahat Review.