Best-Selling Author and Illustrator
Rupi Kaur was born into a Sikh family in Punjab, India, who emigrated to Canada and then resided in Brampton. She attended Turner Fenton Secondary School and studied at the University of Waterloo where she created one of her more notable works: a photo-essay on menstruation, described as a piece of visual poetry intended to challenge prevalent societal menstrual taboos.
Her first performance took place in 2009 in the basement of the Punjabi Community Health Centre, and in reference to her upbringing, Kaur often hails performing in Brampton as a homecoming.
"Standing inside a circle of flower petals, Kaur performed a generous selection of poems from her second collection, the sun and her flowers, a mainstay of bestseller lists since its publication in October 2017. Her 90-minute set also included material from its predecessor, milk and honey, which has sold more than three million copies. The homecoming was triumphal for both Kaur and Brampton, her first GTA date since the book’s commercial explosion."
Read full article by Tajja Isen on the The Globe and Mail