‘Milk and Honey’

25-year-old ‘Instagram poet’ tops bestseller list


Punjabi-Canadian writer Rupi Kaur is the world’s hottest young poet — and while her work can now be found in bookstores nationwide, it was first made available on Instagram.

Two years ago, Kaur, now 25, rocketed to fame after she posted an image of herself on Instagram in which menstrual period blood appeared to be leaking through her sweatpants. Instagram removed the post for allegedly violating “community guidelines,” prompting a scathing response from Kaur in which she denounced the platform for, among other things, stigmatizing menstruation and enabling the objectification of underage girls. As her post went viral across the platform, social media users began following her work, and it wasn’t long until Kaur was a full-fledged Instagram sensation.

On Instagram, one can find full images of Kaur’s poetry, as well as images of the poet herself with poetry included in the comments. Despite the widespread availability of her work on the platform, her fans were more than excited when she published her debut poetry collection, Milk and Honey — in fact, Milk and Honey is the best-selling adult book in the U.S. so far this year, according to Bookscan. In an article for The Cut, Molly Fischer had an extended interview with Kaur, in which the young poet revealed the unlikely story behind how she first published her runaway bestseller — as well as what it was like to become Instagram famous while she was still a student.

Kaur’s new collection, The Sun and Her Flowers, arrived in stores on October 3rd.

Read the full story at The Cut.


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