Benjamin Zephaniah at the University of Hull on January 29, 2010.

Benjamin Zephaniah (born April 15, 1968) is a British-born poet and novelist whose parents were immigrants from Barbados and Jamaica. He is best known for his book for teenagers Gangsta Rap.

Zepheniah is dyslexic and left school at the age of thirteen, unable to read or write. He learnt to read and write as an adult, after he had already been hailed as an exciting young "writer" for his performance poetry.


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