Courtney is a writer, professor, and editor. 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, an Emerging Writing Fellowship from the Center for Fiction, and awards from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. The Vermont Studio Center, and The MacDowell Colony. She is the 2017-2018 Writing Workshops in Greece Fellow in Prose. A former editor at The Earth Times and Rolling Stone, she’s published fiction and nonfiction in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, The Common, and elsewhere.
Courtney has taught writing and literature at a dozen institutions, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Freiburg, where she was a writer-in-residence. Currently she directs the Creative Writing Program at Drew University, and curates the Writers@Drew Reading Series. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.