Rachel is a poet and critic. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds investigating the links between poets in Leeds and Nigeria in the 1950s and 60s. Rachel is also a Poet in Residence at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield and the founder of Verse Matters: a feminist arts event in Sheffield. Rachel is currently working on a book of poems called Soul Seeds and Wrinkly Bellies exploring the politics of pregnancy and birth. She is also writing an academic book called Transnational Collaboration: Poets of Leeds and Nigeria Unite, 1950-1970. Rachel is currently co-editing an Anthology of poems with Helen Mort, to be published by Valley Press in 2017. She has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, entitled Epistolarity and the World Republic of Letters, 1980-2010, to be published as a book by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. Rachel also runs workshops, publishes widely and performs her poetry across the region.