Ashley Colley sitting on a bench.

Ashley Colley

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More than anything, my objective as a creative writing teacher is to get students thinking about language as a creative material that can shape realities. While heavy with cultural and historical baggage, language can be a powerful tool for reimagining ourselves and the world.

Ashley Colley is a poet based in Memphis. Her poems have appeared most recently in Prelude, jubilat, Black Warrior Review, Textsound, and New Delta Review. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to France, where she studied representations of animals from cave art to early cinema as research toward her in-progress poetry collection, Animals in Motion. A visual artist and musician, her classes often explore the relationship between creative writing and other art forms. Ashley has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently finishing her PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver. She lives with a man and two rabbits.