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, Colorado Review, The Spectacle, jubilat, Prelude, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to France, where she studied images of animals from cave art to early cinema as research toward her poetry manuscript, Animals in Motion. An interdisciplinary thinker, Ashley often incorporates other art forms and methods of inquiry into her creative writing classes. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver.