15 April 1958
Benjamin Zephaniah is a British poet, writer, and performer. He was born in Birmingham, England and was raised in a working-class family. He discovered his love for poetry at a young age and began writing and performing his own works in his teens. He is known for his politically charged and socially conscious poetry, and his work often deals with themes of social justice, equality, and the experiences of black and minority communities. He is considered one of the leading voices of contemporary British poetry and has published several books of poetry, including "Pen Rhythm" and "The Little Book of Vegan Poems". Zephaniah has also written several novels, including "Face" and "Teach Your Children". In addition to his writing, Zephaniah is a passionate activist and is a strong advocate for issues such as animal rights, human rights, and the environment. He continues to tour internationally, performing his poetry and spreading his message of hope and change.