Rachel is a poet, editor and academic. She is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds investigating the links between poets in Northern England and Nigeria in the 1950s and 60s. Rachel is the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018). She is the editor of the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017), and the editor of a Special Issue of English Studies, with Jacob Blakesley, entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters” (January 2018). Rachel also co-edited a Special Issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature with Jarad Zimbler and Ben Etherington, entitled, “Crafts of World Literature“. Rachel is currently working on a full poetry collection, and a British Library/ Poet in the City Commission for Sheffield. She is also working on her second academic monograph, Transnational Collaboration: Poets of Leeds and Nigeria Unite, 1950-1970.
Rachel’s poems have featured in Magma, Stand, New Welsh Reader, Frontier, Wild Court, The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems, Popshot, The Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017 and many others. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the White Review Short Story Prize 2019, the Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize, the Mslexia Poetry Prize and the Plough Prize. Rachel is currently working on a Poet in the City/ British Library commission, and has had previously had work commissioned by BBC Radio and Apples and Snakes. Rachel is a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre and a Trustee for the Ilkley Literature Festival.