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 or are forthcoming in Orion, Prelude, jubilat, Black Warrior Review, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. 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 poetry manuscript, 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 a PhD from the University of Denver.