Courtney Elizabeth Mauk was born in Rolla, Missouri, and grew up in Copley, Ohio, in a house filled with books. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and spent a year writing art reviews in Washington, DC, before moving to New York City, where she received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. She is the author of three novels, Orion’s Daughters (Engine Books, 2014), Spark (Engine Books, 2012), and The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things (Little A, 2016). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Literary Review, PANK, Wigleaf, Necessary Fiction, and Five Chapters, among other venues.
Courtney is an assistant editor at Barrelhouse and teaches with The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. She lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her husband. In addition to all things word-related, Courtney is passionate about animal rights and veganism.
Visit her website at www.courtneymauk.com.