Dr Rachel Bower

Dr Rachel Bower


I am an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. I curently teach Creative Writing in the School of English. I held a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University from 2016-2020, researching the relations between poets in Leeds and Nigeria in the 1950's and 1960's. This research will be published as a book with Routledge (forthcoming). 

I won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. My poetry collection, These Mothers of Gods, will be published by Fly on the Wall Press in 2021. I am 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 and fiction have been widely published, including in Stand, Magma, The White Review, New Welsh Review, Frontier, The London Magazine and many others. I am a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, and a Trustee on the Board of the Ilkley Literature Festival.

I am the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980–2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). I co-edited a Special Issue of Cambridge Quarterly with Jarad Zimbler, on The Materials of African Literatures (Oct 2020). 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). My academic articles, reviews and interviews have been widely published in peer-reviewed international journals and magazines.

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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
  • Literary studies