Rachel Carney is a Cardiff based poet, book reviewer, creative writing facilitator and researcher. She grew up in Sheffield, and has spent time living and working in various parts of the UK, as far afield as Aberystwyth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Grasmere and Oxford. She worked in museum learning, research and community engagement for several years, and is now completing a PhD, examining how ekphrastic poetry can enrich our engagement with art in museums. She is addicted to academia, and has studied at five different universities. Her poems, articles and reviews have been published in numerous magazines including Poetry Wales, Envoi, Under the Radar, New Welsh Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, Poetry Saltzburg Review and Acumen. Some of her poems have been translated into Italian and Romanian. In 2021 she won the Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition, came 2nd in the Bangor Poetry Competition and was highly commended in the Liverpool Poetry Prize. She’s also had two poems shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and one poem nominated for the Forward Prize, as well as being placed in several other competitions. She blogs at createdtoread.com.
Her debut collection Octopus Mind will be published in July 2023.
Photo credit Suzie Larke.