Heather Colley

Heather Colley is a DPhil candidate in Literature and Arts at the University of Oxford (Regents Park College). She researches late 19th and early 20th century jazz and blues aesthetics in transatlantic modernist literature, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of musical forms and tropes on literary experimentation and cultural development. She completed her Master’s in Modern and Contemporary Literature with Distinction at St Andrews, where she studied lyric and form in the work of mid-twentieth century African American women novelists. She received her Bachelor’s in English Literature/Creative Writing and Sociology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and she has previously won the Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, the Roy and Helen Meador Prize in the short story, and 3rd prize for flash fiction at the Exeter Literary Festival.