Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. Her writing has been published most recently in Room, Grain and The New Quarterly. Her essay "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground," originally appearing in The Malahat Review, is nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Latest from Alicia Elliott

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After the crisis, what kind of world do we want? Post-apocalyptic novels hold lessons — and warnings

"Art gives me hope. Will we take those values, that hope, and use them to imagine a better collective future?"
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Black Canadian writers offer us vivid portraits of Black life — but we have to actually listen

"If we really want to get serious about justice in this nation, we need to stop asking Black writers to repeat themselves and start actually reading."
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New year, new me? How memoirs can help us shape our futures by examining other people's pasts

Alicia Elliott found a resolution of sorts in Keith Maillard's Fatherless: to live with radical compassion.
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For women authors, violence is intensely personal — which makes their writing on it essential

"In a country that continually refuses to even name the legacy of violence against women, it's more important than ever that we read books that do this work."
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The rise of Indigenous horror: How a fiction genre is confronting a monstrous reality

Indigenous writers know what it's like to live in a world where the horror never stops — so imagining an alternate timeline where it does end can be a comforting escape.
Year in Review

The Indigenous renaissance was truly here in 2018 — and it's not going anywhere

Indigenous culture has shaped the fabric of Canadian art since Confederation. The rest of the country is finally recognizing that.
Point of View

We need to talk about the cost of calling out abuse within marginalized communities

As allegations against powerful people in the arts continue to pour out, writer Alicia Elliott considers the complications when the abusers are BIPOC.
Point of View

Artists deal with abuse in our work — so why do we struggle to confront it in our communities?

Writer Alicia Elliott: "We need to examine our silence and start using our voices to make our positions on abuse in our communities resoundingly clear."
Point of View

How the news media uses 'horror movie logic' to villainize people of colour

"Horror movies offer us our fears at their most primal — and nothing is more visceral than fear of the unknown."
Point of View

Want to be a better artist? Stop defending your prejudices and start listening

Writer Alicia Elliott explains why acknowledging oppressed groups' criticisms instead of rejecting them is so important.
Point of View

The cultural appropriation debate isn't about free speech — it's about context

Indigenous writer Alicia Elliott explains why invoking "free speech" arguments around cultural appropriation ignores Canada's history of oppression.

Christi Belcourt says Indigenous resistance didn't start with Canada I50

The #Resistance150 project is a reaction to Canada 150 and part of a continuum of Indigenous resistance in Canada.
Point of View

Why non-Indigenous support for Joseph Boyden should set off alarm bells

Until the Boyden controversy started, Indigenous writer Alicia Elliott never thought she'd see white men arguing against Canada's colonial definition of "Indian."

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