Holli Harms was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in South Carolina.
As a playwright Holli has been awarded the Terrence G. Hall Fellowship, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, and an EST/Sloan Grant. Holli was commissioned by 365 Women A Year to write a play about science fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler. She was a Finalist for A Room Of Her Own and finalist two years in a row with Nantucket Short Play Festival. Her play Naples, FL was a finalist with the Great Plains Theatre Festival as well as New York's Summer Play Festival. Most recently her play Shouting Down a Quiet Life was awarded Second Rounder at the Austin City Film Festival. Her flash fiction story, "The Russians", debuted in The Dead Mule Southern Literature. Her plays have been produced by Estrogenius Festival NYC, Edgemar Center Santa Monica, and City Theatre, Miami, to name a few.
Her play Make John Patrick Shanley Go Home, which was produced by City Theatre's Summer Shorts Festival, Miami, is published in Smith & Krause's "Anthology Of 50 Best Ten Minute Plays". Her play Cougar is published in "The City Theatre Anthology". Her essay, "Crashing", about the adoption of her daughter, Beatrice, in China is published in Verbal Supply Company.
She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a contributing writer for Verbal Supply Company and Monologues & Madness. Holli is also a contributing screenwriter for the directing program at School Of Visual Arts (SVA) NYC.
Holli lives in Manhattan's West Village in a fifth floor walkup with her husband David, daughter and budding critic Beatrice, and their rescue dog, Arlo Guthrie Marshmallow.