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 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2017.
Rachel’s poems have been published by Stand Magazine, BBC Radio, Frontier Poetry, Now Then Magazine, Valley Press, Three Drops Press, The Stare’s Nest, Pankhearst and others, and she has had poems listed for several prizes, including The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, Mslexia Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize. She is currently working on her second academic monograph, Transnational Collaboration: Poets of Leeds and Nigeria Unite, 1950-1970. See the following links for selected lists of Rachel’s published articles, books and poems. Rachel is also the founder of Verse Matters, a feminist arts collective in Sheffield.
Rachel has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, reviews regularly for journals and magazines including Stand and Wasafiri and also runs workshops and performs her poetry across the region.