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Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List. He has performed across the UK and internationally at the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Italy), CrossKultur (Germany), Ordspark (Sweden), Word N Sound (South Africa), International Festival of Authors, PuSh Festival and Vancouver Writers’ Festival (Canada). He co-produces spoken word night Come Rhyme With Me alongside Deanna Rodger. He is Guest Artistic Director of New Writing South, Writer in Residence with Creative Future and an Associate Editor of Wasafiri Magazine, as well as a member of Keats House Poets Forum, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and Point Blank Poets. He has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo.