Courtney Angela Brkic

Courtney Angela Brkic

Courtney Angela Brkic


fiction, non-fiction and translation

Courtney Angela Brkic (M.F.A., New York University, 2001) is the author of The First Rule of Swimming (Little, Brown, and Company, 2013), Stillness: and Other Stories (FSG, 2003) and The Stone Fields (FSG, 2004). Her work has also appeared in Zoetrope, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Harpers & Queen, the Utne Reader, TriQuarterly Review, Guernica, National Geographic, and others. Brkic has been the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer’s Award. Stillness, her short fiction collection about the wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, was named a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, a 2003 Chicago Tribune "Best Book" and a 2003 New York Times "Notable Book". The Stone Fields records her work on mass gravesites around Srebrenica, as well as her family's history during the Second World War in Sarajevo, and was shortlisted for a Freedom of Expression Award by the Index on Censorship.


Selected Publications

"Framing A Loss." Slate. May, 2018 (essay)

"At the March for Our Lives, Registering a New Generation of Voters." LitHub. March 26, 2018 (essay)

The First Rule of Swimming, New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2013.

The Stone Fields: An Epitaph for the Living. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.

Stillness: and Other Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.

“Crossing the Rio Grande.” Guernica. December 4, 2013 (short story)

"Gathering Up the Little Gods." Missouri Review 29.4 (Winter 2006): 42-57. (short story)

"Adiyo, Kerido." Zoetrope. (Summer 2003) (short story)


Courses Taught

ENGL 458: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

ENGL 513: Writing Warzones

ENGL 608: Experimental Fiction

ENGL 660: Bicultural Writing

ENGL 685: Resistance Literature

In the Media

The Telegraph review of Remnants, a stage performance based on the Stone Fields. Opera Erratica at The Print Room Theatre, London (June, 2017).

DeMarco Barrett, Barbara. “Novelists Erika Robuck and Courtney Angela Brkic talk with Writers on Writing guest host Nicole Nelson” (Interview) Writers on Writing. July 3, 2013.

"Justice Denied in Bosnia." Dissent 54.3 (2007): 19-22. (Repr. in Utne Reader [Autumn 2007].)

"Croatia: Group Therapy." National Geographic (June 2006).

"The Wages of Denial." (op-ed) New York Times (11 July 2005).

Block, Melissa. "The Stone Fields: A Tragedy in Bosnia." (Interview) All Things Considered (19 Nov. 2004).