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 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. She won the 2016 American Literary Review Fiction Prize and the 2017 Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, as well as fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Center for Fiction. She also received scholarships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2017-2018 Writing Workshops in Greece Fellow in Prose.
Courtney has taught writing and literature at numerous institutions, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny College, 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 husband and small sons.