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. 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.
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.
- Gold prize at the National Magazine Awards for "A Mind Spread Out On The Ground" (2017).
- RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award (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.
|This article about a Canadian writer or poet is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|