Courtney writes fiction and nonfiction. She won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the largest international prize for short fiction, besting entries from over 40 countries. Her 2017 essay, recipient of the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, is a “Notable Essay” in Best American Essays 2018. She has received grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Center for Fiction, The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Writing Workshops in Greece, as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Courtney’s work has appeared in The Southern Review, Indiana Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Common, and elsewhere. In an earlier life, she was managing editor of The Earth Times, and a copy editor at Rolling Stone.
Courtney holds graduate degrees from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at numerous institutions, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny College, and the University of Freiburg (Germany). Currently, she directs the Creative Writing Program at Drew University, where she's an Assistant Professor, and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.