Courtney was born in Rolla, Missouri, and grew up in Copley, Ohio. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College before moving to New York City, where she received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

She is the author of three novels: The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things (Little A, 2016), Orion’s Daughters (Engine Books, 2014) and Spark (Engine Books, 2012). Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Literary Review, PANK, Wigleaf, Five Chapters, Juked, and Front Porch, among other venues.

Courtney lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her husband and two young sons.