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Courtney Kersten is the author of Daughter in Retrograde (University of Wisconsin Press 2018). Her essays can be seen or are forthcoming from Prairie Schooner, River Teeth, Brevity, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, DIAGRAM, The Sonora Review, Black Warrior Review, The Master’s Review, and elsewhere.

Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and she was the 2016 Writer-In-Residence at the Great Basin Writer’s Residency in Baker, Nevada. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho where she was awarded a Grace/Nixon Fellowship and the Writing in the Wild Fellowship. Her essay “Women of the Sky” was selected by Jenny Boully as the winner of Bellingham Review‘s 2018 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and she was a Fulbright Fellow to Riga, Latvia, where she studied Baltic performing arts and literature. 

Courtney is a doctoral candidate in Literature with an emphasis in Creative/Critical Writing and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She teaches Creative Writing and was a 2018 Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning Graduate Pedagogy Fellow. She is at work on a biography about the late superstar astrologer of the 1970s: Linda Goodman.

Photo by Kat Lewis.