Rachel Bower

Rachel is a poet and academic. She is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds, investigating the relationships between poets in Leeds and Nigeria in the 1950s and 1960s. Her monograph, Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2017.

Rachel is currently conducting research in Special Collections in the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds for her second monograph, Transnational Collaboration: Poets of Leeds and Nigeria Unite, 1950-1970. She is also co-editing a Special Issue of English Studies with Jacob Blakesley entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters”.

Rachel’s poetry collection, Moon Milk, was published by Valley Press in June 2018. She co-edited the poetry anthology, Verse Matters, with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017). Rachel’s poems have been published by Stand Magazine, Strix, BBC Radio, Frontier Poetry, Now Then, Peacock Journal and many others, and she has had poems listed for several prizes, including the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, the Mslexia Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize 2016.

Rachel also has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, reviews regularly for various journals and magazines including Stand and Wasafiri and co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Crafts of World Literature) with Ben Etherington and Jarad Zimbler.