Winner of the 2014 Gival Press Fiction Award for her short novel Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman, Elizabeth Harris is a native Texan who grew up in Ft. Worth. For her first book, she won the John Simmons Prize, awarded by University of Iowa Press, for The Ant Generator, a collection of stories praised for their “sense of wonder and comedy” and “acid-etched existentialism.”
Those and uncollected stories appeared in Antioch Review, Epoch, Chicago Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and other magazines, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of Wind, The Iowa Award, and Literary Austin. Harris was a runner up in a previous Gival Press contest for The Look Thief, a novel manuscript; and in a Faulkner Pirate’s Alley competition for an earlier novel.
She taught fiction writing and modern literature for a number of years at The University of Texas at Austin. As yet untitled, Elizabeth’s current project is a contemporary novel with a historical setting. Elizabeth Harris and her husband divide their time between the Texas coast and Austin.