Rich Goodson (1989, English) has taught English language to teenagers from refugee and migrant backgrounds in a Further Education college in Nottingham for the last twenty years.
His debut pamphlet, Mr Universe (Eyewear Books, 2017) was selected by The Poetry Book Society as their ‘Autumn Pamphlet Choice’. He also has two poems in The Penguin Poetry of Sex (ed. Sophie Hannah, 2014).
He is currently Writer-In-Residence for Writing East Midlands’ ‘Write Here: Sanctuary’ project for which he has led Creative Writing workshops for refugee women in Nottingham. This is ongoing. He is passionate about teaching Creative Writing – especially in refugee and multilingual/ multicultural contexts. He has also been acting as a consultant in this area.
In 2008, as a ‘rep’ for The Poetry Society, he started (and still facilitates) Nottingham Stanza which is now the longest-running contemporary poetry reading group in the UK.
In 2013 he founded ‘Word Jam’, a collective of poets and musicians in Nottingham for whom English is not the first language.
He completed a practice-based Doctorate in Writing at Nottingham Trent University in 2012. His PhD thesis included a collection of poems about masculinity and male embodiment – these themes are still the main focus of his poetic work.