Alicia Elliott

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Alicia Elliott (born 1987 or 1988)[1] is an award-winning Tuscarora writer and editor.

Early life[edit]

Born in the United States, Elliott moved with her family to the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Ontario when she was 13.[1] Although located in southern Ontario close to major cities, her home, like many others on the reserve, didn't have running water.[1] She attended high school in the nearby city of Brantford, graduating in 2005.[1]

Writing career[edit]

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".[2] In 2016, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson asked Elliott to contribute to the issue of The Malahat Review she was editing.[2] 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.[2][3]

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.[4] A collection of Elliott's essays, also titled A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was published by Penguin Random House in 2019.[5]

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.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d 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.
  2. ^ a b c Singh, Katherine (30 September 2018). "How I Made It: Alicia Elliott, Writer". Flare.
  3. ^ a b Johns, Jessica (3 July 2017). "Get to Know: Alicia Elliott". Prism.
  4. ^ a b c Wheeler, Brad (3 May 2018). "Alicia Elliott wins RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award". The Globe and Mail.
  5. ^ Carter, Sue (21 March 2019). "Haudenosaunee author Alicia Elliott explores how our actions ripple for generations into the future". The Star.