Brandon Courtney was born and raised in Iowa, served four years (1998-2003) in the United States Navy, and is a graduate of the MFA program at Hollins University. He is currently working toward an advanced degree at the University of Chicago. His work has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, as well as an Academy of American Poets Prize. He lives near Philadelphia, makes his living as a private tutor. The Grief Muscles is his first book.