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. A former editor of The Earth Times and copy editor at Rolling Stone, she’s published fiction and nonfiction in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Indiana Review, The Common, and elsewhere, and won the 2016 American Literary Review Fiction Prize. She’s received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center, and was an Emerging Writing Fellow at The Center for Fiction. She will be a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2017, as well as the 2017-2018 Writing Workshops in Greece Fellow in Prose.
Courtney has taught writing and literature at nearly a dozen institutions, including Yale University, The College of New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny College, and the University of Freiburg, where she was a writer-in-residence. Currently she co-directs the Creative Writing Program at Drew University, where she’s a Visiting Assistant Professor, and curates the Writers@Drew Reading Series. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, small sons, and a Siamese fighting fish named Fast.
She believes in the serial comma.