Courtney won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the largest international prize for short fiction. She also received the 2017 Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, the 2016 American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and an Emerging Writing Fellowship from The Center for Fiction. She was a resident artist at The MacDowell Colony and a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholar, and is the 2017-2018 Writing Workshops in Greece Fellow in Prose. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Indiana Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and The Common, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 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. cum laude 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. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.