Courtney Eldridge is a writer, editor and producer. Her first book, Unkempt, a collection of short stories, was published by Harcourt in 2005, and her second book, The Generosity of Women, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009. She has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and was awarded the Prix du Marais literary prize for Record à battre, the French translation of her first novella, "The Former World Record Holder Settles Down." She has been profiled in Vogue Paris and Interview magazine, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeney's, New York Times Magazine, BOMB, Whitewall Magazine, Another Man and Opening Ceremony Annual.
In addition to consulting and curating original content for private companies and non-profits, she works with emerging artists and photo editors from around the world on a variety of special projects. In 2009, she launched Saccades Project, a digital collaboration with international photographers, numbering in the thousands, that serves as inspiration for a trilogy of YA (young adult) novels now in progress. She also teaches fiction and guest lectures at creative writing programs; serves as a national writing juror for the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Award; and her first YA novel, Ghost Time, was published by Amazon Publishing in June 2013.
Following Oregon’s legalization in 2015, Eldridge pivoted to writing about cannabis, fascinated by Portland’s cutting-edge science community, open-source innovations and grassroots activism. In March 2017, she founded Prodigal Daughter, LLC as an umbrella for creative projects within the cannabis space, ranging from art exhibits to an Open House during Design Week Portland to education programs for seniors (Silver Foxy Ladies (SFL) and The Folks Are Alright).
She now writes a weekly column for Civilized on all things Arts, Culture and/or Cannabis, and May 2019 will mark her third year as a Judge for the Cultivation Classic, “the most scientifically rigorous cannabis event on the planet.” In the meantime, she’s organizing an art exhibit in association with the NIAD Art Center, made possible by a 2018-2019 re-grant from the Steamboat Arts Council.
Courtney Eldridge lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Portland, Oregon.