A new generation of poets is taking the world by storm.
Meet the InstaPoets, young poets from all over the world who share their work on social networks like Instagram or Twitter.
At 24symbols we are passionate about literature and technology. We believe that the digital era is helping us to become better readers because it allows us to read wherever we are. In the same way we are excited about the phenomenon of InstaPoets who have risen to true stardom during the past years. In 2018, five of our 15 most read books were poetry collections. The young poets prove that poetry is alive and well and have opened the doors for a new and large audience.
In their public quest for identity, expressed in short and direct poems, the InstaPoets attract millions of followers on their Instagram feeds. Their work is often melancholic, contemplating heartache and love but also hopeful and empowering. Sometimes deep, sometimes catchy, it is easy to identify with the brief pieces and the possibility to easily like and share the poems helps to grow their audience in ways that are unthinkable in the printing world. But don’t be fooled: by now, they are rocking digital and actual bookshelves alike. Many InstaPoets have compiled their work in printed books and ebooks and have become #1 New York Times Best Sellers.
Have a look at the most popular InstaPoets on 24symbols and remember that you can like and share these digital collections just as easily in your social media channels.
Named by the Rolling Stones Magazine as Queen of the InstaPoets, Rupi Kaur is much more than that: Not only a poet and writer but also an illustrator and performer. Born in Punjab, India and raised in Canada, her first collection of poems, prose and illustrations MILK AND HONEY was published in 2014, was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 77 weeks and has been translated into 25 languages! Both, “Milk and Honey” and her second book THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS, are available on 24symbols.
On the other side of the world we meet Lang Leav who was born in Thailand, raised in Australia and is now living in New Zealand with her partner and fellow poet Michael Foudet. Just as Rupi Kaur she is not only a poet but also a novelist (her novel SAD GIRLS was an international bestseller) and an artist who has exhibited her work in Australia and the United States. She has published multiple poetry collections which cover the themes of love, loss and female empowerment. Her latest book LOVE LOOKS PRETTY ON YOU has just been released.
r.h. Sin is the pen name for poet and New York Times best-selling author Reuben Holmes. Sin is a tribute to the namesake Mesopotamian god of the moon because he likes to write late at night. He has made it his goal to write 7,222 words each day which accounts for his impressive amount of published books and his continuously growing Instagram feed. Interesting fact: Instagram has not only fueled his writing career but also his personal life. In 2014 he was contacted via direct message by fellow poet Samantha King, they instantly fell in love and are now married and live together in New York.
Check out r.h. Sin on 24symbols, including his recently released book EMPTY BOTTLES FULL OF STORIES, written together with Robert M. Drake.
Her first volume of PILLOW THOUGHTS inspired this article. The poetry collection was an international bestseller and our most read book in 2018. The Australian poet and novelist explores heartache, love and raw emotions in her work. As her second volume of Pillow Thoughts – Healing the Heart implies, writing is a healing process for Courtney Peppernell.
The Lebanese-Canadian poet and speaker wants to change the world, hers is a message of self-empowerment and love. This is especially important for her as she came to Canada as a sixteen-year-old and struggled with adapting to her new home. For Najwa Zebian, home is where your heart is and she encourages everyone to find that place within themselves.
Amanda Lovelace is a two-time winner of the goodreads choice award for best poetry, USA Today and Publishers Weekly Best Seller. Her witty poems read like adult fairy tales, a true delight for anyone who enjoys myths and romance mixed with painful realism. In TO MAKE MONSTERS OUT OF GIRLS she explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship.
Compared to the other InstaPoets presented in this article, the Indian-American poet Komal Kapoor is fairly new to the game and has just published her first poetry collection UNFOLLOWING YOU: A modern love story told in poems, notes and chat conversations that amount to a brilliant observation of romance in digital age.
Bestselling author Michael Faudet engages in erotic and thought-provoking writing. His much-anticipated collection of poetry and prose WINTER OF SUMMERS explores the fine line between love and loss, the fragility of relationships, self-empowerment and social commentary. He lives in New Zealand with his partner and fellow poet Lang Leav.
Samantha King Holmes
Samantha King Holmes is the author of the poetry collection BORN TO LOVE, CURSED TO FEEL, one of our most read books in 2017. Her work discusses love in all its forms, good and bad, empowering and self-destructive. She has a wonderful gift of observation and her poems go straight to the heart. She is married to fellow instapoet r.h. Sin.
There are many more emerging and established talents among the InstaPoets. Have a look at our bookshelf to discover more bards of the movement: