Rachel Piercey is a freelance poet, editor and tutor. She studied English Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize, and she has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. She has worked as an editor for The Cadaverine magazine, for The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network, and has edited dozens of anthologies and pamphlets for the Emma Press — and she has two pamphlets published by them (see below).

Rachel tutors at The Poetry School and regularly visits schools around the country to perform and run workshops. She writes both for adults and children and is keen to promote more conversation and crossover between poetry for different age groups. She has co-edited three anthologies for children on the subjects of myths, space and monarchs, and for each book she and Emma of the Emma Press encouraged poet-friends to try writing for younger readers. Falling Out of the Sky: Poems about Myths and Monsters was shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award in 2016.

As well as poetry, Rachel loves singing, walking and trees.

Photocredit: John Canfield


Disappointing Alice, HappenStance, 2019

Rivers Wanted, The Emma Press, 2014

The Flower and the Plough, The Emma Press, 2013