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The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

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Stonewall Book Award Winner!

Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican—but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough.

As he gets older, Michael’s coming out is only the start of learning who he is and where he fits in. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs—and the Black Flamingo is born.

Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are—and allow us to shine.


Dean Atta’s poems deal with themes of race, gender, and identity. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally and his work has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and appeared on MTV and BET. The Black Flamingo is his debut YA novel. You can find him online at


  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 26, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062990292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062990297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches