From newsfeeds to shelves: Meet the poets you probably first encountered on Instagram

As smartphones became ubiquitous, poetry found a new home in the digital space.

Poems have sprouted and thrived on Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, and the most popular social networking app of them all, Instagram. Through Instagram and the popularity of social media as a form of distribution, a new crop of poets emerged, revolutionizing how we digest, consume, and perceive the art form, and making poetry more accessible and appealing to the younger generation.

Social media poets, dubbed Instapoets, have achieved such huge fanbases that they’ve found their way from Instagram squares to the pages of bestselling books. 

Poetry has found another home in the form of Instagram.
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Their powerful work tackles timeless and timely themes from friendship to racism, romantic love, immigration, self-love, and mental health to gender identity and politics. It is then high time to acquaint yourself with these poets who have made the leap from Instagram screens to bookshelves. 

Here are eight Instapoets to follow and check out their published books.

1. Rupi Kaur

Tagged as the Queen of Instapoets, Rupi Kaur became well-known for her trademark short poems and sketches, encompassing themes often deemed taboo for women: violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

Her debut book, Milk and Honey (2014) became a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 42 languages.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the Indian-Canadian author. A talented performer, Kaur currently hosts a show on Amazon Prime called “Rupi Kaur Live” and is now performing on stage with her live performances across the globe, performing poetry combined with stand-up comedy. 

2. Morgan Harper Nichols

Georgia-based artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols has about 2 million followers on Instagram. To say that Nichols’ content is refreshing is an understatement: her art work is filled with colors, flowers, and city skylines, her words centered around the question “How can we create connection?”

It’s no wonder her work successfully crossed over to print with bestselling books like All Along You Were Blooming (2020), and You Are Only Just Beginning (2023)She was 30 years old when she found out she had autism and ADHD, informing the unique way she approaches art, music, and poetry. 

She is currently pursuing an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Media Arts program at Lindenwood University.

3. Lang Leav

No Instapoet list is complete without Lang Leav, who started her foray into poetry in 2012, when she posted short poems, sometimes accompanied by drawings, on Tumblr and Instagram. She quickly rose to fame.

Now Lang Leav is an international bestselling author with five poetry collections and two novels under her belt—her most recent being Others Were Emeralds (2023), a literary fictional novel loosely based on the harrowing experiences of Lang Leav and her parents as they fled the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to seek refuge in the predominantly migrant town of Cabramatta, a suburb in South Western Sydney.

She now resides and writes from New Zealand in a house by the sea with her partner and fellow poet, Michael Faudet.

4. Atticus

Atticus is the masked-slash-anonymous hero of Instapoetry. His reason for keeping his identity a secret? He wants to remind himself to always write what he feels, and not what he thinks he should feel. His short verses encompassing themes of love, relationships, and adventures have successfully leaped from Instagram squares to the pristine pages of publishing, with instant bestsellers like Love Her Wild, The Dark Between Stars (2018), and The Truth About Magic. 

Atticus’ celebrity fan base includes Emma Roberts and supermodel Karlie Kloss. Galore Magazine called Atticus “The Most Tattooed Poet in the World,” a nod to his cult-like following.

5. Nikita Gill

If you have a fondness for fairytales, Greek myths, and their modern retellings, then you’re likely already following Nikita Gill, an Irish-Indian poet, playwright, and illustrator. Gill shares that she envisions speaking to her younger self when writing poetry, embracing themes of self-love and the empowerment of womanhood.

Besides having a huge following online (500,000 Instagram followers), Gill is the author of eight volumes of poetry, and a novel entitled The Girl and the Goddess (2020), which was released in 2020 and is currently being adapted for TV by Lena Headey of Game of Thrones fame. 

6. Caroline Kaufman

Caroline Kaufman, also known as @poeticpoison on Instagram, is one of the youngest Instapoets. She started writing when she was twelve years old to cope with her depression and anxiety. Before she knew it, she gained 200,000 followers on Instagram, and became one of the most popular Instapoets.

Her book, Light Filters In (2018), a poetry collection about not fitting in, endlessly googling “how to be happy,” and ultimately figuring out who you are, is an international bestseller.

7. Marisa B. Crane

Marisa Crane’s poems have been circulating on Instagram and Pinterest for years, recognizable by their clean text and vintage typewriter-inspired images. Some of her finest verses include powerful commentary on the discrimination against the LGBT community.

She has contributed to Literary Hub, Joyland, TriQuarterly, and other publications. Last year, Crane successfully released her debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself (2023), about queer survival in a dystopian world, published by Catapult, New York.

8. Amanda Torroni

Hailing from South Carolina, the tea capital of the world, Amanda Torroni is a poet, an independent writer, and a freelance editor. Her fame as a poet took off after she self-published four poetry books, garnered an online following, and showcased her work in various venues in the U.S.

She is the author of Stargazing at Noon, a collection of poems tackling themes of intimacy, distance, the body, self-doubt, nostalgia, and love, and finding beautiful patterns in the material of life.

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