Rupi Kaur was born in Punjab, India on October 5, 1992 and in her twenty-four years she has established herself as a writer and illustrator, most popularly known for her poetry in her book titled Milk and Honey. Kaur began her journey with art at the age of five years old when she would draw pictures and paint. Kaur only began writing when she first began to learn and speak English and quickly fell in love with the art.
Fast-forward to 2009, Kaur performed her poetry for the first time at in the basement of Punjab Community Health Centre in the city of Melton. Kaur continued on like this for years, writing then performing then writing again. It wasn’t until the end of 2014 when Kaur released Milk and Honey, a work containing a collection of poems with partnering illustrations. Milk and Honey was self-published by Kaur on Amazon however in October of 2015 was picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing due to the book’s popularity among readers. Milk and Honey shot up the Canadian literature best sellers list on Amazon, accompanied by other authors such as Margaret Atwood. Milk and Honey also become number two on Amazon’s poetry best sellers list, along with securing a spot on New York Times’ bestseller list for twenty-five weeks.
Kaur’s poems draw inspiration from both her own experiences and the experiences of those around her. Within Milk and Honey, she addresses serious issues of abuse, love and loss however her words continue to be beautiful and captivating. Perhaps the popularity of her book and her work surrounds the fact that Kaur is not hesitant in discussing taboo topics. Kaur is not afraid about being transparent through her work and, because of this, allows readers to relate to her. The twenty-four year old Canadian makes evident her passion of writing and drawing through the soul that any reader is able to see that she puts behind her work. Her dedication to her work and the fact that she stayed true to her poems is what allowed for her words to resonate with millions; when she noticed that publication companies were not taking notice of her work, she took matters into her own hands and self-published her work.
Kaur turned her childhood passion into work that she was able to carry with her through all walks of life and that her readers will be able to carry as well. Rupi Kaur writes honest poems about life that inspire millions to turn every moment, even the negative ones, into something they are able to love.
Author: Sarah Pouramn
Sarah Pouramn lives in Toronto and resides in Waterloo when she is attending university. She works with Habitat for Humanity as a builder and as an Executive Events Coordinator and believes that everyone deserves a fair shot at their goals. Sarah also works with The Community Edition, a Waterloo Region newspaper, as the Social Media Editor. Follow Sarah on Twitter @itsmesarahpea and on Instagram @sarahpouramn.