‘Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published in August 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books.
‘Dean Atta’s poetry is as honest as truth itself’ – Benjamin Zephaniah.
Dean Atta is a rare talent in contemporary poetry. His poems speak like we think. He shows us thought as those thoughts happen, that is, powered one conviction at a time by an emotional intelligence. His poems originate in a cleared in-between territory. His multi-valence approach to poetry elegantly combines the inward/personal and outward/ political. Dean Atta keeps his readers and listeners leaning forward into a troubled world that he sensuously invokes and by those terms it is a world that he makes anew’ – Fred D’Aguiar, poet, novelist and Senior Professor in Creative Writing, UCLA, USA..