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’s poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk, will be published by Valley Press in May 2018. She co-edited the anthology, Verse Matters, with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017). She is currently co-editing a Special Issue of English Studies with Jacob Blakesley, entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters”.
Rachel’s poems have been published by Stand Magazine, BBC Radio, Frontier Poetry, The Interpreter’s House, Now Then Magazine, Valley Press, Three Drops Press, The Stare’s Nest, Pankhearst and others, and 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 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.