His debut collection, Here Be Monsters, was selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009. His work has appeared in many publications including American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine. He is an editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.
He lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
- 2006 Ruth Lilly Fellowships 
- 2009 National Poetry Series 
- 2010 Pushcart Prize for the poem "Lord God Bird"
- "Half-Ourselves & Half-Not", Poetry (September 2009)
- "Ars Poetica with Vulture", Kenyon Review
- "Hanging Garden", "Guernica: A Journal of Writing & Art" (with audio)
- "Observatory", "Waccamaw: A Journal of Contemporary Literature"
- Here Be Monsters (The University of Georgia Press, 2010)
- "Tongue – Editors". tongueoftheworld.org.
- NYU Web Communications. "Search". nyu.edu.
- Colin Cheney at Fishouse, accessed 2016-05-02
- "News from the University of Georgia Press: Colin Cheney wins National Poetry Series competition". ugapress.blogspot.com.