Liz Harmer was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, but now lives with her philosopher husband and three children in Southern California. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, PRISM, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. In 2014 she won gold in Personal Journalism at the National Magazine awards, after being awarded the Constance Rooke Award for Creative Nonfiction. In 2018 she was a finalist for the Journey Prize as well as appearing in Best Canadian Stories. Her debut novel, The Amateurs, released in 2018 with Knopf Canada, was a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Liz is represented by Samantha Haywood,