Alicia Elliott is a Haudenosaunee writer living in Brantford, Ontario. In 2018, Elliott was named the recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Journey Prize Stories, Best Canadian Stories and Best American Short Stories. Her essays have been published in many prestigious magazines, newspapers and literary journals including Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, Grain, Reader’s Digest, and Today’s Parent. Her non-fiction piece, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground,” was published in The Malahat Review and received a Gold Medal at the National Magazine Awards. That work is now part of her new collection of essays by the same name. Told with unflinching honesty, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a deeply personal book examining important topics such as depression, colonialism, racism, poverty, and love, told in Elliott’s clear and vital voice.