Rupi Kaur is an Indian-Canadian poet, artist and author inspiring millions of women with her raw and honest reflections on life and love.

Insta-poet stardom

I first stumbled upon Rupi’s work on Tumblr during my uni years. To me, she spoke so passionately about all the things I felt but could never put into words.

After making the switch from Tumblr to Instagram in 2014, she has gone on to amass more than 2.1 million followers.

In doing so, Rupi has made poetry accessible to a modern, mainstream audience.

And that’s pretty impressive for a generation addicted to the instant gratification of smart phones and all things high-tech.

But that’s the thing with good poetry. It doesn’t need to be flashy or up in lights to get attention. Good poetry hits you square in the chest and Rupi has it down to a tee.

And a bestselling author to boot

Apart from sharing her work online, Rupi is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author with two self-illustrated poetry collections.

The first, Milk and Honey, was published in 2014 and spent more than a year on the best-seller list.

Her second collection, The Sun and Her Flowers, was published in October 2017. This new work takes a deep dive into love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration and revolution.

Fun fact! Rupi works exclusively in lower case and the only punctuation mark she uses is the full stop.

A poet making a decent living in 2018? Moving an audience of millions every time she posts online? Rupi is a testament to what can be achieved when you listen to your gut and get to work.

Listen to her stellar podcast interview on Girlboss Radio here. And make sure to follow her on the Gram for a regular dose of all the feels.

Considering she’s an acclaimed poet renowned for her eloquent way with words, I’m going to take a back seat from here on in. Sit back and bask in Rupi’s radiant work below.

Until next time,
Madeleine xo

(For more #culturecrush inspo, head over to my Laura Callaghan post for illustration heaven)