Her writing career began at the New York Times Magazine in 2000, and over the past 20 years, Eldridge’s work has appeared in The Best of McSweeney’s, The Best of BOMB, Alfred Dunhill, Another Man, Whitewall and Wallpaper. Additionally, she has published 3 books of fiction, including two novels, The Generosity of Women and Ghost Signs, and a collection of short stories, called Unkempt, which won the Prix du Marais for the French translation of her first novella, “The Former World Record Holder Settles Down.”
Courtney Eldridge has received literary fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Edward Albee Foundation, as well as serving as a juror for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Literary Award and as a judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from 2011-2014.
After moving to Oregon in 2015, she transitioned from writing about art and luxury to writing about art and cannabis, naturally, and in 2017, she founded her company, Prodigal Daughter, in order to combine art, luxury and cannabis. Having twice served as a judge for Oregon’s Cultivation Classic, “the most scientifically rigorous cannabis competition on the planet,” in April 2018, Courtney launched Skyline Studio, the first open-consumption Open House included in Design Week Portland, which attracts 35,000 international designers every year.
In October 2018, after receiving a grant from Steamboat Creates, she curated the exhibit “Redefining Contemporary Art” with Richmond, California’s NIAD Art Center. This month-long exhibit, held in a 100-year-old train depot in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in March, 2019, included a selection fo 60 works by 20 artists; and in association with 3 non-profit organizations, the show was partly funded by two cannabis dispensaries, Billo and Rocky Mountain Remedies. An art world first; a cannabis industry first: it’s the start of a project called the High Art Initiative.
Currently, Courtney is expanding Skyline Studio, further developing the High Art Initiative and a little magazine, which will hit the shelves in early 2020.