Courtney is a writer and professor. She holds graduate degrees from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona, and a B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She won the 2017 Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, the 2016 American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and an Emerging Writing Fellowship from the Center for Fiction, as well as awards from The MacDowell Colony, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and The Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2017-2018 Writing Workshops in Greece Fellow in Prose and a Pushcart Prize nominee. A former editor at The Earth Times and copy editor at Rolling Stone, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southern Review, Indiana Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Common, and elsewhere.
Courtney has taught at numerous institutions, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny College, and the University of Freiburg, where she was a writer-in-residence.
She directs the Creative Writing Program at Drew University, and curates the Writers@Drew Reading Series. She lives in Brooklyn.