Courtney Elizabeth Young is a 32-year old internationally published author and photographer with a background in rape crisis and social work, though she recently — elatedly — dropped out of the field of human services to pursue professional dog-walking. Now in her fourth year battling triple negative breast cancer, she maintains her studies at Southern New Hampshire University in creative nonfiction. She 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 the harrowing tale of her life before cancer, as well as for her debut memoir. 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, is the featured photographer & writer in Barren Magazine. More of her work appears or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Inverted Syntax, Palooka Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, The Write Launch, 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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