As well as being a writer, Colleen Higgs is also a publisher, she started the ground-breaking independent southern African women’s press, Modjaji Books in 2007. Looking for Trouble is her first collection of short stories. The collection was translated into Croatian as Tražeći nevolju. She also has two collections of poetry Lava Lamp Poems (2011) and Halfborn Woman (2004) published by Hands-On Books. In 2020, her memoir of caring for her mother in the last ten years of her life, my mother, my madness was published by deep south.
She was recognised for her work in publishing by the Mail and Guardian, and was featured in their Book of Women 2011 in the Arts & Culture category.
She lives in Cape Town with her daughter, a dog and a cat.