Courtney Zoffness is a 2013 Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction. She holds graduate degrees from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. The former managing editor of the Earth Times, she’s published fiction and nonfiction in The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Washington Square, Tampa Review, the international Fish Prize Stories anthology, and elsewhere. She’s received fellowships or awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Dorot Foundation, and Yale University, among others. One time, she ghostwrote an autobiography for a 55-year-old Syrian Jewish man who, in 1971, escaped from an anti-Semitic regime in Aleppo with help from the Israeli Navy.

Courtney has taught at Yale University, the College of New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, the Smithsonian Institution, Allegheny College and the University of Freiburg in Germany. Currently she teaches at Drew University, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two cats, and one son.