“In my years as a professor of creative writing, I have rarely seen a writer who expresses more sincerity and commitment for reaching out to her readers than Colleen Wells. The topics she chooses are often difficult ones, but she approaches serious issues with humor and a desire to tell the bare truth. In the last years, I’ve been delighted to see Colleen’s writing take wing as she becomes more confident and skilled in the written word.”

–Louella Bryant, author of While in Darkness There is Light

“Colleen is a rare combination of talent and tenacity. She is unstoppable in her desire to grow as a writer— and while she might fiercely defend a choice she’s made in a piece, she never lets ego get in a way of an essay’s improvement. Her talent is nourished by her love of writing—and the joy that comes from connecting with a reader.”

–Jim Poyser, former Managing Editor – NUVO

“Colleen Wells explores the private moments and motives of her subjects with an unflinching gaze, uncommon tenderness, and gentle humor. Her writing mines our frailties and foibles and discovers in our tenacious efforts to navigate the imperfect world a kind of grace.”

–Laurie Seidler, former Editor –


Honorable Mention, New Millennium Writings Contest January, 2007

Runner-up, Georgetown Review’s annual writing contest – 2006

1st Place -Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Award –feature writing, NUVO, 2002

Semi-finalist, A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families (44 Published, Top 100 out of 1,200 submissions)

One of ten national finalists – Innovator’s Contest – Computerworld Magazine -1998


MFA, Creative Writing, Spalding University

MA, English, Butler University

BA, English, Indiana University


Member of AWP

Member of Bloomington Writer’s Guild

Volunteer – Richmond State Hospital

Volunteer – Richmond, IN to the State Hospital line

Volunteer – The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Bloomington, IN