Dr Rachel Bower

Dr Rachel Bower


I am a poet and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow. Currently I am working on my second academic monograph, Transnational Collaboration: Poets of Leeds and Nigeria Unite, 1950-1970. This book will look at the relations between poets in Leeds and Nigeria in the 1950's and 1960's. I am the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980–2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). I co-edited a Special Issue of English Studies with Jacob Blakesley entitled ‘Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters’ (January 2018). I also co-edited a Special Issue of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature on the Crafts of World Literature, with Jarad Zimbler and Ben Etherington (September 2014).

I am a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. I am also the author of the poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018), and the editor of the Verse Matters anthology (with Helen Mort, Valley Press, 2017). My poems have featured in Stand Magazine, New Welsh Review, Frontier PoetryThe Interpreter’s HouseAnd Other PoemsPopshot MagazineStrixThe Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017, Ink, Sweat and Tears and many others. My work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Flambard Poetry PrizeThe London Magazine Poetry Prize and the Mslexia Poetry Prize. I am currently working on a poetry collection on encounter.

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  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • MSc Nation, Writing, Culture (University of Edinburgh)
  • MA (Hons) English Literature (University of Edinburgh)

Professional memberships

  • Centre for Material Texts, University of Cambridge
  • Royal African Society
  • African Studies Association, UK
  • The Poetry Society
  • Postcolonial Studies Association
  • Northern Postcolonial Network

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures
  • Creative Writing at Leeds