Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, illustrator, and author. Her debut, Milk and Honey, has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide since its 2015 re-release by Andrews McMeel Publishing. (Kaur self-published it a year prior.) It stayed on new york times best seller list for 77 weeks.In 2017, Kaur released her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers, leading her to be named on the BBC's 100 Women in 2017.In 2019, The New Republic named Kaur, "Writer of the Decade". Here are some interesting and unknow facts about her.
1 SHE INHERITED HER LOVE OF ART FROM HER MOTHER.
At the age of five, she began drawing and painting. Her mother became her first teacher. Kaur continued her art into her teens, but later began to focus more in writing and preforming.
2 FIRST STAGE PREFORMANCE AT THE AGE OF 17.
In 2009, she preformed for the first time on a open mic in the basement of the Punjabi Community Health Centre (Malton). She fell in love with performance poetry that night.
3 VISUAL POETRY THAT ROSE HER TO FAME.
Though she made her name with words, Kaur's initial fame was through a controversial Instagram post. Kaur posted a shot of herself lying in a bed with her back to the camera, menstrual blood leaking through her sweatpants. it was for a college assignment in which she was asked to “challenge a taboo”. Instagram removed the image two separate times for breaking community guidelines. The site eventually apologized and reposted the photo, but not before Kaur wrote a letter reprimanding them for trying to censor her. “Their patriarchy is leaking. Their misogyny is leaking. We will not be censored" she wrote on Facebook, in a post that’s been shared over 18,000 times.
4 HER BOOK "MILK & HONEY" MOVED THE POETRY SECTION TO THE FRONT ROW.
Since the publication of milk & honey, the poetry genre has become one of the fastest-growing categories in book publishing. According to one market-research group, 12 of the top 20 best-selling poets were Insta-poets, who combined their written work with shareable posts for social media; nearly half of poetry books sold in the United States were written by these poets. According to a survey conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Census Bureau, 28 million Americans are reading poetry—the highest percentage of poetry readership in almost two decades. Kaur’s publisher, Kirsty Melville, has seen it happen firsthand: “It used to be that poetry was down in the back of the store next to the bathrooms, and now it’s out front,” she told us. “And that naturally helps sales of all poets. The classics and other contemporary poets are selling.”
5 KAUR DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM SIKH SCRIPTURES.
The experience of learning English upon moving to Canada has influenced her writing style. She is also influenced by her heritage. Part of her signature writing style includes a complete lack of capital letters, and the use of just one form of punctuation—the period. Both of these techniques are features of Punjabi which she has imported into her English writing as a way of connecting back to the place and culture of her origin.
6 HER NAME WAS IN FORBES 30 UNDER 30.
Rupi Kaur made it to the list of Forbes 30 under 30 - Media in 2018. She also appeared on "The Tonights Show starring Jimmy Fallon"
7 THE BOOK "MILK & VINE" IS A PARODY OF KAUR'S BOOK "MILK & HONEY"
Rupi Kaur has inspired an explosion of parodies. Her poetry became a meme material on internet. Parodying the popular poetry book Milk and Honey, Adam Gasiewski and Emily Beck published a book "Milk & Vine" which went on to become Amazon's No.1 best seller.
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