Rachael Mead is a poet, writer, and arts reviewer living in South Australia. She has an Honours degree in Classical Archaeology, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Creative Writing. She is the author of four collections of poetry: The Flaw in the Pattern (UWA Publishing 2018), The Sixth Creek (Picaro Press 2013) and the chapbooks Sliding Down the Belly of the World (Wakefield Press 2012) and The Quiet Blue World (Garron Publishing 2015). Rachael has published widely with her work appearing in Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Westerly, Cordite, Island, Southerly and many other publications. In 2019 she was awarded a residency in northern Italy, as part of an AP/NAHR Eco-Poetry Fellowship.