Whitney’s forthcoming story collection, BIG BAD, is the winner of the 2019 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published by Sarabande Books in 2021. Her story, “The Entertainer,” was awarded a 2020 Pushcart Prize and will appear in PUSHCART PRIZE XLIV: BEST OF THE SMALL PRESSES.
Whitney’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in: Ninth Letter, The Southeast Review, Grist, The Pinch, Lumina, Raleigh Review, The Laurel Review, Moon City Review, and Quarter After Eight, among others. Her stories have earned additional nods, including: Pushcart Prize nominations for “Daddy-o,” and “The Pupil,” a PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize nomination for "Daddy-o," an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train for "The Nest," and Editor's Choice from The Gateway Review for "Big Bad." She was named a semifinalist in American Short Fiction’s 2019 The American Short(er) Fiction Prize for her story, “Script.”
Whitney's nonfiction can be found on various sites, such as: Salon, Huffington Post, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Weeklings, where she served as a contributing editor, and The Big Jewel, where she sits on the editorial board. She previously worked as a book reviewer for Barnes and Noble's B&N Reads. She holds an MFA from Spalding University and lives in Kentucky with her husband and two sons.