Courtney Elizabeth Young is a 33-year-old photographer, author and professional dog-walker and two-time triple negative breast cancer champion. She holds an MFA through Southern New Hampshire University and has lived on and backpacked 6 continents and over 30 countries alone so far — but isn’t done yet. A proud owner of both the DRD4 and MAOA gene, she has lived out loud her wild ride through life on everything from cocaine to camels, from crocodiles to cancer.

She was featured in the Battle Creek Enquirer for overcoming her life before cancer, as well as for her debut, self-published memoir-based trilogy. While celebrated in Worcester for her idea to raise money for cancer research as well as her activism surrounding cancer awareness, she was most recently featured in Worcester Magazine’s Worcester Women to Watch in 2023.

While she has photo-journaled throughout the years for Boston’s The Somerville Times, she won the Emerging Writer’s Grand Prize through Elephant Journal, the May 2021 poetry contest with Barren Magazine, was the featured travel photographer and writer in DRIFT Travel Magazine, and her work appears or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Palooka Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, The Write Launch, Barren Magazine, Inverted Syntax, and Tipping the Scales’ She Speaks and Hour of Women’s Literature.

For more, you can follow her on instagram at courtneyelizabethyoung, where she is reachable and her books are available through direct distribution.

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