Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia – Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre, London. She was shortlisted for Young Poet for Laureate for London in 2014 and awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Foundation mentorship in 2015. Rachel has run poetry workshops for The Poetry School, The Serpentine Galleries and at University of Oxford. She is Assistant Tutor to Jacob Sam La-Rose on the Barbican Young Poets programme 2015-present.
Octavia is a poetry collective for womxn of colour founded in response to the lack of diversity in literature and academia. Since 2015, we have come together to read beyond the canon and write ourselves free. We meet monthly at Southbank Centre, London, and regard it as our poetic home.
Octavia have featured on BBC World Service, in The Guardian, ASOS, and Hotdog Magazine. We have run poetry and creative-educational workshops for University of Oxford and the Serpentine Galleries.