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Liz Harmer was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, and currently lives in Southern California. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Hazlitt, Literary Hub, Grain, PRISM international, This Magazine, and elsewhere. She won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2013 and a National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism in 2014. Her first novel, The Amateurs, was published as a New Face of Fiction title with Knopf Canada in 2018. She’s at work on a number of new stories and essays, as well as a second novel.

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Liz Harmer’s “Never Prosper” is not content to hold up a mirror; instead, it holds up several, angled so we can see ourselves from many directions at once. The story unfolds in the twenty-nine minutes a professor waits for a late student to arrive for their meeting. But in that scrap of time, it has so much to show us: the grinding anxiety of late-stage academia, the constant push-pull of envy, the slow creep of disillusionment, the psychological combat of Facebook comments. But we also see people striving for better—for integrity, for meaning, for fulfillment.

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