Poets

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Patience Agabi

Patience Agabi

Patience Agbabi FRSL (b.1965) is a British poet and performer who emphasizes the spoken word. Agbabi was born in London to Nigerian parents, and from a young age was privately fostered by a white English family, who when she was 12 years old moved from Sussex to North Wales, where Agbabi was raised in Colwyn Bay. She studied English language and literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. Although her poetry hits hard in addressing contemporary themes, it often makes use of formal constraints, including traditional poetic forms. She has described herself as "bicultural" and bisexual. Issues of racial and gender identity feature in her poetry. In 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.