For the past 21 years Rich has taught English to 16-19 yr olds from refugee or migrant backgrounds.
Most recently he was Writer-In-Residence for the 'Write Here: Sanctuary' project for which he led Creative Writing workshops for African refugee women. He's written a 'toolkit' for writers and teachers who want to facilitate similar workshops. This has been sent to all the UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world and can be read and downloaded: HERE
He believes Creative Writing can aid literacy, social inclusion and mental health.
In 1998 he completed a Masters in Writing at Nottingham Trent University (Fiction and Lifewriting).
In 2008, as a 'rep' for The Poetry Society, he started Nottingham Stanza, the longest-running contemporary poetry reading group in the U.K. (allegedly!) This is still going strong.
In 2012 he completed a practice-based Doctorate in Writing (Poetry) at Nottingham Trent University. His thesis included poems about masculinity and male embodiment - themes which are still a major focus of his work.
In 2013 he founded Word Jam (now 'World Jam'), a collective of poets and musicians whose first language isn't English.
Poetry - reading it, writing it and performing it - is his lifetime's passion.
2 poems in the anthology 'The Penguin Poetry of Sex', ed. Sophie Hannah (2016).
Début pamphlet, 'Mr Universe', published by Eyewear Books (2017): awarded 'Autumn 2017 Pamphlet Choice' by The Poetry Book Society.
2 poems in the Emma Press anthology 'In Transit: Poems of Travel', ed. Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs (2018).
1 poem in 'A Queer Anthology of Rage' from Pilot Press (2018)
They have also appeared in magazines such as 'The Interpreter's House' and 'Under The Radar'.
His poems can also be heard as part of a free-jazz trio (with Wayne Rex (drums) and Dave Jackson (sax) on the www.muteantsoundsnetlabel.bandcamp.com album 'Out On A Limb' (2018).
He's currently working on his first full-length collection.
As well as jazz, world, alternative and experimental music, he's also into wild swimming, foraging and cooking.
After rejecting (or being rejected by) various religions he now practises with the Kwan Um School of Zen, becoming a lay initiate in December 2017. He was given the dharma name 'Ji Do' ('Way of Wisdom'). He's also training to be a counsellor with The Tariki Trust.
Oh, and he's very much owned by a dog called Polka.
You can also see what he's up to on Twitter at :
richgoodson OR TheRichGoodSon OR dharmabumpoet
OR on Instagram at: rich.goodson