Rachel Piercey is a London-based poet, editor and tutor who also writes for children.
Rachel Piercey studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she was President of the Oxford University Poetry Society and won the Newdigate Prize in 2008. After graduating, Rachel worked as a travel guide editor, before taking her MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway in 2011. She then worked for three years as Education Co-ordinator at The Poetry Society, looking after the Society’s Young Poets Network.
Rachel spent five years as Commissioning Editor with the Emma Press, an independent publisher based in Birmingham. She edited and co-edited dozens of pamphlets and anthologies on wide-ranging themes, including love, dance, homesickness and exile, motherhood, fatherhood, and aunts. She also co-edited three anthologies for children, about myths, space, and kings and queens.
Rachel’s poems have been published in magazines including The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Magma, Poetry News, The Interpreter’s House, The Tangerine, Poems in Which, The Scores, and Butcher’s Dog. She has two pamphlets with the Emma Press, The Flower and the Plough (2013) and Rivers Wanted (2014). Her third pamphlet, Disappointing Alice, is forthcoming from HappenStance in June 2019.
Rachel tutors for The Poetry School: her courses have been on the subjects of writing for children, happy poems, and poems about walking. She also writes poems for children. She regularly visits schools, libraries and festivals to read and perform her work, encouraging children to appreciate poetry and feel empowered to write their own.