Rachel is a poet, academic and editor. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds investigating the links between poets in Leeds and Nigeria in the 1950s and 60s. Her academic book, Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 is published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2017.
Rachel’s poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk, will be published by Valley Press in May 2018. She is currently co-editing an anthology with Helen Mort entitled Verse Matters, out with Valley Press in November 2017.
Rachel’s poems have been published by Stand Magazine, BBC Radio, Now Then Magazine, Valley Press, Three Drops Press, The Stare’s Nest, Pankhearst and others, and she has had poems shortlisted for several prizes, including The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 and the Plough Prize. She is currently working on her second academic monograph, Transnational Collaboration: Poets of Leeds and Nigeria Unite, 1950-1970. A selected list of Rachel’s other publications is available here. Rachel is also the founder of Verse Matters, a monthly feminist arts event in Sheffield.
Rachel has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, reviews regularly for Stand and Wasafiri and also runs workshops and performs her poetry across the region.