Rachel Bush (1941–2016) was the author of four poetry collections, Nice Pretty Things (2011), The Hungry Woman (1997), The Unfortunate Singer (2002) and Thought Horses (2016). She appeared in Faber’s Introduction 3 as well as in anthologies and journals such as Sport, Landfall and The New Zealand Listener. Until 2003 she taught English at a secondary school in Nelson. Rachel passed away in March 2016, one month before the publication of Thought Horses. The collection was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.