Rich is a poet, based in Nottingham, UK. He writes about sex, masculinity, 'foreignness', queer issues & the search for home and embodiment.
Poetry - reading it, writing it, performing it and helping others to write it - is his lifetime's passion.
He's written a toolkit for writers & teachers who want to lead Creative Writing workshops with refugees. This was sent to all the UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world & can be read & downloaded HERE. He believes Creative Writing can aid literacy, social inclusion & mental health.
He's a teacher, therapist, digital artist & practising Zen Buddhist - & identifies as a white, queer cis-man.
But first & foremost he's a poet.
In 1998 he completed a Masters in Writing at Nottingham Trent University.
In 2008 he started Nottingham Stanza, now the longest-running contemporary poetry reading group in the U.K.
In 2012 he completed a Doctorate in Writing (Poetry) at Nottingham Trent University.
In 2013 he founded Word Jam (now 'World Jam'), a collective of poets and musicians whose first language isn't English.
PUBLICATIONS (earliest first):
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).
3 poems in 'Nottingham' (Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities anthology), ed. Miggy Angel (2019).
1 poem in '25: Celebrating 25 Years of NTU's MA in Creative Writing', ed. David Belbin and Rory Waterman (Shoestring Press, 2019).
- and forthcoming: 1 poem in 'The Best New British And Irish Poets 2019-2021', ed. Nick Makoha (Eyewear Publishing, 2021)
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 welcomes collaboration!
You can also see what he's up to on Twitter at :
richgoodson OR TheRichGoodSon OR dharmabumpoet
OR on Instagram at: rich.goodson