Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario. She is the author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (Penguin Random House, 2019).

Latest from Alicia Elliott


If memories are just stories we tell ourselves, how can we write our lives?

Fawn Parker's new novel What We Both Know shows why it's so hard to write the truth while trying to work through past traumas.

This new book vividly captures the time distortion and grief we've all been feeling

Sheila Heti's Pure Colour steps out of the five stages of grief and into what's been called the sixth: meaning.

The case FOR the trauma plot? How writers can use it with purpose and care

It's been criticized for being used as a "shortcut," but it can actually offer something essential to its audience.

Can you hear the hum? How Jordan Tannahill's The Listeners illuminated my experience with mental illness

Instead of dismissing people as "crazy," Alicia Elliott longs for a world where we actually listen to them.

What if we allowed ourselves the space — and grace — to change? This novel asks us to do just that

Zoe Whittall's The Spectacular follows three women across generations as they learn to accept their own paths.

The haunted, homophobic history of Toronto is a real-life horror story

The violence follows a formula as reliable as any slasher movie, and David Demchuk's book Red X puts it on the page.

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?"

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."

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.

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."