Rachel is a poet, academic and editor. She is a Leverhulme 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 is also a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.
Rachel’s debut poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk was published by Valley Press in July 2018. She is also the co-editor of the anthology, Verse Matters, with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017). She co-edited a Special Issue of English Studies with Jacob Blakesley, entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters” (January 2018).
Rachel’s poems have featured in Stand Magazine, Frontier Poetry, The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems, Popshot Magazine, Strix, The Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017, Remembering Oluwale Anthology, Verse Matters Anthology, Peacock, Foxglove Journal, Laldy, Atrium, Visual Verse, Picaroon Poetry, Now Then and many others. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, the Mslexia Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize. She is currently working on a poetry collection on encounter, and 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 has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and reviews regularly for journals and magazines including Stand and Wasafiri. Rachel is also the founder of Verse Matters, a feminist arts collective in Sheffield.