Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre in London. My Darling from the Lions, first published by Picador in 2020, is her debut collection. She was born in London, and resides there today.


  • “Alive with a breathless energy.”

    The Guardian

  • “The intimacy of her poetic voice enhances its power to disarm.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “An enchanting and heartwarming new voice in poetry.”

    —Bernardine Evaristo

  • “A masterpiece. . . . Clarifyingly alive to the entire universe of a woman’s life.”

    —Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart