Rupi Kaur is an Indian-Canadian poet, visual artist, and writer, who took the poetry world by storm after her poems which she posted on her social media pages began going viral. She gained popularity and fame this way, and as a result, she is frequently hailed as the “Queen of Instapoets”, referring to the subset of new age poets who shunned the age-old book forms in favor of publishing their poems on social media. Since coming to the limelight, Rupi has performed her poems at several prestigious events and traveled all over the world to promote and read from her bestselling book of poetry Milk and Honey. The book has sold more than 2.5 million copies, catapulting her to global fame and acclaim. Rupi further authored a second poetry collection titled The Sun and Her Flowers, which was published in 2017.
She is celebrated by millions all over the world, particularly the younger crowd, for her piercingly honest and refreshing writings which capture the nuances of women’s experiences, and other daily life considerations in a beautiful and haunting way.
Rupi Kaur’s Biography & Age
Rupi Kaur was born on October 4, 1992, in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India but moved to Canada with her family when she was only four years old. She grew up in Brampton, where she completed her early education at Turner Fenton Secondary School and moved on to the University of Waterloo for further studies. She graduated with a degree in rhetorics and professional writing.
From an early age, Rupi took an interest in writing, although drawing was her first love. While in high school, she shared her poems anonymously so as not to draw attention to herself. She performed publicly for the first time at the Punjabi Community Health Centre located in Malton in 2009. It wasn’t until 2013 that Rupi decided to start taking credit for her work. She began posting her writings on Tumblr, followed by Instagram in 2014. Her work quickly gained a lot of attention, and her followers grew by hundreds of thousands. She continued sharing her work online and discussing the themes in her poems directly with fans and admirers.
She was able to connect on a personal level with people who loved her work, and before long they were asking her how they could go about purchasing her book. This interest inspired her to put together her first book, Milk and Honey, which featured her trademark honest poems with handmade drawings. Initially, Rupi Kaur self-published the book on Amazon in 2014, where it sold over 20,000 copies before it was published again. The book spent several months on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and her book sales crossed 2.5 million copies. Milk and Honey has been translated into more than 30 languages, spreading Rupi’s popularity and genius even further.
Rupi’s second book of poetry, The Sun and Her Flowers, hit the stands on October 3, 2017. The collection is focused on themes of loss, healing, migration, trauma, and feminity. It has been successful so far, although it is yet to match the fame of her debut book. To further boost her worth, Rupi was recently commissioned to write an introduction for a new edition of The Prophet by the famous poet Khalil Gibran. The young poet’s work is influenced by writers like Sharon Olds, Khalil Gibran, Alice Walker, and the works of several scholars as well as Sikh scriptures.
Her Mother & Family
Rupi Kaur was born to Punjabi Indians. She shares a very close bond with her mother who first stirred the creative coals in her. When she was five years old, living in a new country, and learning a new language that wouldn’t stay on her tongue, Rupi’s mother gave her a paintbrush and told her to draw her heart out, which is what she has spent the last two decades of her life trying to do.
She tries to honor her family’s origin in her work and often draws inspiration from Punjabi culture such as her insistence on writing only in small letters with the period as the only punctuation mark. Her writings are also heavily inspired by her family’s religion – they are Sikhs – and she regularly draws from Sikh scriptures to enrich her work.
What is Rupi Kaur’s Net Worth?
The celebrated poet, writer, and performer has earned a lot of money from her work, mostly through book sales, commissioned projects, and her visual arts. She is currently estimated to be worth about $1 million, and her net value is expected to increase as her career progresses.