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Featured Writer: Alicia Elliott

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm featuring a BIPOC writer for every day of February. And as a special treat for subscribers to my newsletter, every week one lucky reader will win a copy of a book from each of that week's seven featured writers. This week's draw is announced right down below! Not a subscriber yet? Scroll to the bottom of this page, and sign up!

Alicia Elliott is a Haudenosaunee writer, speaker and activist, from Brandford, Ontario. I first became aware of this young writer many years ago on twitter as the voice behind @WordsAndGuitar. Hers was one of the first voices that I heard on that platform, loud and clear, supporting the rights of First Nations people. Through Alicia's feed I've been introduced to many other First Nations voices, on twitter and elsewhere, calling out the systemic injustices that Canadians have neglected --and perpetuated-- for so long.

These days, Alicia Elliott is still on twitter, but she is also an award-winning writer who has published articles with Hazlitt, The Globe and Mail, CBC and many others. Her book of essays, A MIND SPREAD OUT ON THE GROUND, is a national best-seller in Canada, and was just reissued in paperback in the summer.

Today, I'm delighted to announce that Wil Ralston is the winner of a copy of Alicia Elliott's book, along with books by Lindsay Wong, Otoniya Juliane Otok Bitek, Alisha Rai, Alyssa Cole, Chantal Gibson and JJ Lee.

And, since the first draw didn't pan out, I have the delight of also announcing newsletter subscriber Abdulia Ortiz Perez as the winner of last week's prize package, with books by featured authors Ian Williams, Jenny Heijun Wills, Rahma Rodaah, Beverly Jenkins, Jael Richardson, Tanya Talaga and Angie Thomas. Congratulations, Wil & Abdulia! Remember to check your email, so we can sort out delivery of these amazing prize packages.

A reminder that there are still two more draws to come this month, each containing the works of SEVEN feature writers. Make sure you're signed up at and watch this space for new feature writers every day in February!

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